Sorry I have neglected my blog, yet again. I need to be better about this lol. Anyway, as an apology, I have decided to share a recipe that was a recent hit with my family! It's a classic dish: spaghetti and meatballs! BUT this is one of the best meatball recipes I have ever tried. I modified a little here and there (modifications are in green), but I pretty much followed the instructions as is.
Classic Beef Meatballs (Source)
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 pounds 80 percent lean ground beef (I used 85% lean ground beef from whole foods)
- 1 cup ricotta cheese (I used part skim)
- 2 large eggs
- 1/2 cup dried breadcrumbs
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano (or 1 teaspoon dried) (I used 1 tablespoon of italian seasoning)
- 2 teaspoons coarse salt
- 1/4 teaspoon crushed red-pepper flakes
- 1/2 teaspoon ground fennel
- 4 cups Classic Tomato Sauce (I made my own simple marinara; read below!)
- Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Drizzle olive oil into a 9-by 13-inch baking dish; using your hand, evenly coat entire surface. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, use your hands to mix together beef, ricotta, eggs, breadcrumbs, parsley, oregano, salt, red-pepper flakes, and fennel until fully incorporated. Roll mixture into firmly packed 1 1/2-inch balls.
- Place meatballs in prepared baking dish, taking care to line them up snugly so that they are touching one another in even rows vertically and horizontally to form a grid. Transfer baking dish to oven. Bake until meatballs are firm and an instant-read thermometer inserted into the center of a meatball reads 165 degrees. (I just baked them for about 16-18 minutes)
- Meanwhile, heat Classic Tomato Sauce in a small saucepan over medium-high heat, stirring frequently.
* OR you can make a quick marinara if you have less time
My Marinara Sauce
32 oz organic tomato sauce
1/2 medium onion, chopped
2-3 large garlic cloves, minced
2 tablespoons olive oil
1-2 tablespoons Italian seasoning
pinch of salt and pepper
- heat the olive oil in a pan over medium heat.
- saute the onions and garlic in the oil, until slightly browned.
- pour in the tomato sauce and season with Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper.
- simmer for at least 15 minutes...and you're DONE!
- Remove meatballs from oven and carefully drain excess grease from pan. Pour heated sauce over meatballs and return to oven; cook for 15 minutes more. Serve. (I served mine on a bed of angel hair pasta!)