Spinach Meatballs

"This recipe provided by Texas Beef Council. It is lean and packed with iron. Baked, not fried and can be frozen.Update: 03/13/2010 Elainemae, a reviewer suggested we use infant's rice cereal instead of breadcrumbs and it serves a dual purpose - increase the iron content. Great idea! :)"
 
Spinach Meatballs created by Ms B.
Ready In:
1hr 25mins
Ingredients:
11
Serves:
4
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ingredients

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directions

  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • In a medium bowl, combine ground beef, spinach, egg, onion powder, garlic powder, bread crumbs, salt & pepper.
  • Mix all ingredients well and form into small meatballs.
  • Place meatballs on jelly roll pan and place into preheated oven; bake for 40-50 minutes (depending on size of meatballs).
  • While meatballs are cooking, prepare pasta according to package directions, drain and keep warm.
  • In a large skillet or sauce pan, pour jar of prepared spaghetti sauce.
  • When meatballs are fully cooked, remove from oven and place in sauce.
  • Simmer on medium heat 6-8 minutes.
  • Serve meatballs and sauce over cooked pasta.
  • Top with grated Parmesan cheese.

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  1. CLSuydam
    This recipe was a total failure for me. I used fresh spinach, which made the meatballs look like grass fed cow patties. I cooked the meatballs for 40 minutes as the recipes states, and I had to pry them off the sheet pan. I think the meatballs will come out much better if the spinach was sautéed.
     
  2. lmot8796
    what is the best to freeze raw or cooked ?
     
  3. csmjwoody
    I've made these four times now. When I do make them I double and sometimes triple the ingredients. The first I made them with the frozen spinach and found it clumpy and hard to work with. It was hard to get the ingredients to mix evenly. Second time I tried fresh baby spinach, washed and dried. Results were what I was looking for and they taste better. I made both large and small meatballs by doubling the ingredients. I used the large ones to make meatball sandwiches the next day. The spinach was the only change and I chopped it myself, spread out the ground meat and sprinkled it on and folded it in. Made it easy. I used a spaghetti sauce, Garlic and Herb that comes in a can and is less than a Dollar here but very good. Doesn't have all the sugar and tastes more Italian than the jar sauces. These take a little while to make but they are worth it and they can be frozen and then used in Spaghetti or as an appetizer. The larger ones also made a great diner with Penne Pasta and a small green salad.
     
  4. Jenlikestocook
    This was a nice change! Very good too! :) I made minimal changes-I used gluten free bread crumbs and did not add the cheese (I should not have much dairy), did not see the seasonings and add between 1/2 and 3/4 cup of chopped onions. Thank you!
     
  5. Chef shapeweaver
    Spinach Meatballs Created by Chef shapeweaver

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