Monday, September 15, 2014

Spicy Meatballs and Sauce

This recipe was based off a Giada's turkey meatball recipe, but changed a bit.  First, Wegmans was out of ground turkey tonight, so I substituted 95% lean ground beef, I also made a few more changes.  Here's my recipe:

1 cup seasoned Italian breadcrumbs
1/2 cup grated Romano cheese
1/4 cup of fresh basil leaves
1/4 cup of fresh parsley (Italian flat leaf type)
1 Tablespoon of ketchup
1/2 teaspoon of sea salt
1/2 teaspoon of gr. black pepper
2 large eggs, beaten
2 large garlic cloves
1 small onion, finely chopped

1 pound of turkey sausage, casings removed
1 pound of 95% lean ground beef

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Cover a large baking sheet with a sheet of parchment paper, or spray with non-stick spray (like PAM).  Cut the onion in chunks, add the two garlic cloves, and the fresh basil leaves, and the fresh parsley - pulse in a food processor till finely chopped.  Beat two eggs in a large mixing bowl.  Add the breadcrumbs, grated cheese, onions, garlic, spices, and ketchup. Blend well with a large fork or spoon.  Add the meat.  Mix the mixture well with your hands, until everything is blended.  Form large balls (about 1 1/2 diameter).  I had 23.  Place on the baking sheet, and bake at 350 for 10 minutes, turn then bake another 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, prepare the sauce.

1 28 ounce can of crushed tomatoes (rinsed can and added about 1/4 can of juice/water)
1 28 ounce can of Hunts regular Tomato sauce
fresh herbs (I used thyme, basil, spicy basil, oregano, and Italian flat leaf parsley)
a spoon full of granulated sugar
1/2 cup or so of red wine
2 bay leaves
teaspoon of black pepper
dash of red pepper
3-4 cloves of garlic pressed
1/2 large onion, chopped
olive oil (about 1 Tablespoon)
additional dried basil, oregano, and thyme to taste

Heat olive oil in a large pot.  Saute' garlic and onion till softed.  Add the crushed tomatoes, sauce, and water.  Add wine, sugar, spices.  Simmer for about 20-30 minutes.  When meatballs are done, add them gently to the sauce.

Prepare pasta of choice according to box directions.  I like to use Penne, spirals, or rigatoni with sauce.



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