Makes 10 servings

Spray your hands with a little cooking spray for perfectly round meatballs that don't stick to your hands.

How to Make It

Step 1

Combine extra-lean ground beef, next 5 ingredients, half of minced garlic, 1 tablespoon each of basil and parsley, 1 1/2 teaspoons oregano, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper in a large bowl. Shape mixture into 32 (1-inch) balls.

Step 2

Place a rack coated with vegetable cooking spray in an aluminum foil-lined broiler pan. Arrange meatballs on rack.

Step 3

Bake at 400° for 10 minutes or until meatballs are browned.

Step 4

Sauté chopped onion and remaining half of garlic in a Dutch oven coated with cooking spray over medium-high heat 5 minutes or until onion is tender. Add red wine, tomatoes, sugar, and remaining 1 tablespoon each of basil and parsley, 1 1/2 teaspoons oregano, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Bring to a boil; reduce heat, and add meatballs. Simmer, stirring occasionally, 30 minutes.

Step 5

Cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt and oil. Serve tomato sauce with meatballs over hot linguine.

Step 6

*Bottled minced garlic may be substituted; 1/2 teaspoon equals 1 clove.

Step 7

Note: To reduce sodium, choose low-sodium canned tomato products and omit added salt.

Step 8

Note: Red sauce and meatballs may be prepared ahead of time and refrigerated for a day or frozen for up to a month.

Ratings & Reviews

tbrown1025's Review

March 17, 2009
Very good meatball recipe -- I used turkey meat instead and used store-bought spahetti suace in place of the red sauce (just to make it easier for me). We used these for meatball subs. They were great!