Easy Italian Meatballs Recipe
This is a delicious Italian meatballs recipe that friends and family will love.
It is a little different than the meatballs my mother used to make, but quite delicious.
Although you certainly don't find this in most meatball recipes, I like the addition here of a bit of tomato paste. It gives the meatballs extra zip.
In a large bowl combine the egg, parmesan cheese, ground beef, tomato sauce and parsley. Add the onion garlic mixture and mix until the ingredients are blended.
Roll the mixture into small balls, about 1 1/2" in diameter. Fry in a bit of oil or, if you prefer to bake them, place them on a baking sheet and bake in preheated 350ºF (180ºC) oven for 20 minutes or until cooked through.
Add them to Italian tomato sauce and heat through to serve.
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Nutritional Analysis Per Serving
Calories 242; Calories from Fat 93; Total Fat 10.4g; Saturated Fat 4.1g; Trans Fat 0.0g; Cholesterol 107mg; Sodium 221mg; Total Carbohydrates 5.1g; Dietary Fiber 1.1g; Sugars 2.1g; Protein 31.1g; Vitamin A 12%; Vitamin C 16%; Calcium 14%; Iron 22%
(Percentages based on a 2000 calorie per day diet)
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Did You Know?...
Of course what would an Italian recipe be without garlic?
Garlic is so good for you that I try to include it in as many recipes as I can.
Meatballs don't have to have a lot of seasonings in the recipe to taste delicious.
Just add a bit of garlic, some parmesan cheese and either oregano or basil (this recipe uses oregano).
Once the meat balls are cooked you can add them to any Italian pasta sauce recipe.
They can even be partly cooked and added to the sauce to simmer and finish cooking in the sauce. That keeps the meatballs soft and adds flavor to the sauce.
Look here for a chunky tomato sauce that would work perfectly with our Italian meatballs recipe.
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