Italian Meatballs in a Basket

Total Time
Prep 0 mins
Cook 0 mins

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Lightly shape ground beef into 1 1/2-inch balls.
  2. Lightly brown balls in margarine in large frying-pan, about 5 minutes.
  3. Add the green pepper and onion to meatballs; cook 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  4. Drain tomatoes, reserving liquid.
  5. Add tomatoes, all but 1/4 c tomato liquid, basil and thyme to meat balls.
  6. Cover tightly and cook slowly 5 minutes.
  7. Combine reserved tomato liquid with flour, stirring until smooth.
  8. Stir into meatballs, cover tightly and cook 5 minutes or until slightly thick.
  9. Meanwhile prepare Italian Bread Basket and place on platter.
  10. Spoon meatball mixture into and around bread.
  11. Garnish with green pepper rings and cherry tomatoes, if desired.
  12. Italian Bread Basket:
  13. 1 Loaf (16 ozs) Italian Bread, Unsliced
  14. 1/4 Cup Margarine, Melted
  15. 1/4 Cup Parmesan Cheese, Grated
  16. Cut a 3/4 slice from top of bread.
  17. With fork, scoop out inside of bread to form basket, leaving 1-inch bread on all sides and bottom of loaf.
  18. Place loaf on foil in shallow baking pan.
  19. Brush top, sides and inside of bread with melted margarine.
  20. Sprinkle loaf with Parmesan cheese, coating sides evenly.
  21. Bake in hot oven (400 Degrees F.) for 10 minutes.


Most Helpful

The presentation is wonderful! But the meatballs are lacking flavor. If you add the green peper, onion & spices to the meat before forming the balls they would be more flavorful.

Brenda Horn January 31, 2002

I took the advice from Brenda Horn's review and added the red (I substituted red for green) pepper, onion & spices to the meatballs. I didn't have the steamed tomatoes on hand so I had to settle for Ragu. It was all very good. Although it's a nice presentation in the bread basket, I think next time I'll just slice the bread and cook it as directed. It was kind of awkward to serve from the "basket." Great recipe!

junkmail January 05, 2009

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