Prep 10 mins
Cook 1 hr 30 mins
easy and good - you can use any italian red sauce ( ready made or your own )for simmering -- i have used shallots instead of the onions with great results. Have the sauce simmering before you make the meatballs-it comes out better also-test the consistency of the raw meat before you shape the meatballs-the mix should be soft but it should hold together well in your hand. My kids, little and big, beg me to make this-there are never any leftovers!
- 1 1⁄2 lbs lean ground beef
- 2 eggs
- 1⁄3 cup ready made breadcrumbs
- 1⁄2 cup coarsley chopped sweet onion
- 4 garlic cloves, chopped coarsely
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 teaspoon italian seasoning
- 2 tablespoons grated cheese
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- 1⁄4 teaspoon pepper
- Chop garlic and onions.
- Saute garlic and onions , in olive oil, until cooked and browned- set aside to cool.
- Mix ground meat, eggs, italian seasoning, grated cheese, salt & pepper and cooked onions/garlic mixture until well blended -- clean hands work best.
- Shape mix into approx 25 meatballs, all about walnut sized .
- In same pan, under medium heat, cook meatballs, turning as needed, covered, until cooked throughand brown on all sides.
- Drain off fat.
- Place in your favorite red italian sauce and simmer for at least 60 minutes over low heat.
- Serve over your favorite pasta.
My Man is a meatball man. So we have tried many a recipe for these lil' guys, but this is definitely one of the best! Perfect ratio of meat, breadcrumbs, and egg renders a beautiful little ball that holds together really well, but absolutely melt in your mouth! Simmered for an hour in Simple Marinara Sauce by Abi Fae. I did add a few fresh herbs to the meat mixture and the sauce (thyme, sage, parsley, chives, and basil) and served 'em up open-faced and smothered in broiled mozzarella on a wonderful artisan bread from our local bakery. Perfect with a side of sauteed zucchini and green salad. Thanks, petlover!