Meatballs With Tomato Sauce- Chicken or Beef

"An Italian style meatball in tomato sauce. For gluten-free option use gluten-free bread and tomato puree. Can also use an Italian style tomato pasta sauce in this recipe such as Bertolli's Provisto Sugo. Either ground/minced chicken or beef can be used for this recipe. The meatballs can be either pan-fried or deep fryed"
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25 small meatballs




  • Using a large mixing bowl- add the minced chicken or beef, the egg, cheese, parsley, garlic, salt and pepper.
  • Add the crumbed fresh bread and milk and mix until well combined. You can use a food processor to just add the bread and milk and process until well mixed.
  • Add the bread/milk mixture to the chicken or beef mix. Combine well.
  • Refrigerate the meatball mixture for 30 minutes.
  • Using damp hands, shape the meatball mixture into about 25 small balls.
  • Fry the meatballs using a medium heat and then drain them on absorbent kitchen paper. I like to pan-fry mine.
  • Meanwhile, heat the olive oil and cook the shallots for about 1 minute. Add the tomato puree and bring to the boil. Add the meatballs and simmer for 25-30 minutes. Stir occassionally.
  • Serve hot with some cooked pasta.

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  1. lazyme
    Yum! This was so simple and so good. I used asiago cheese and served these over spaghetti with a side salad and garlic bread. Thanks Jubes for a nice dinner. Made for ZWT7 for the Emerald City Shakers.
  2. JoyfulCook
    Such a delicious meal, we really enjoyed it -quite easy to make! its a keeper, thanks for posting this Jubes - made for Aussie swap #51
  3. French Tart
    A delightfully full flavoured recipe - what makes these meatballs a little different from the run of the mill ones, is the addition of the cheese to them, we loved that! I pan fried mine before adding them to the tomato sauce and I served the whole dish over the top of Alsace style egg noodles. We also ate this meatball dish with home-made crusty bread for a very satisfying and tasty meal. Made for the Aussie/Kiwi swap #22 - merci Jubes! FT:-)
  4. I'mPat
    Very easy to put together and scrumptious. I baked by meatballs (24 30 gram morsels) for 20 minutes at 175C fan forced and then put them into the sauce for 25 minutes and voila served over pasta with a sprinkle of some more parmesan cheese and dinner was very much enjoyed. Thank you **Jubes** made for Aussie/Kiwi Recipe Swap #67, August 2012.


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