mmm Meatballs

27Feb09

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As I mentioned  a few posts ago, in the first few months of pregnancy I have maybe cooked for my husband twice, and once was his birthday dinner! The other day I was off work, and I actually had some energy, so I decided to make him his favorite meal, spaghetti with homemade meatballs.

Ok, in all honesty I used canned sauce. I am sorry, I may have had SOME energy, but not enough to make homemade sauce! Luckily, hubby is not picky when it comes to pasta sauce.

But the meatballs… SO GOOD! You could probably use them for all different variations of recipes. Even I ate them, which is a huge feat lately!!

Oh yes, and I was too hungry to take a picture before I mixed them into the sauce! Sorry!

Ingredients:

 

  • 1 1/2 lbs ground beef
  • 1 large egg, slightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1/3 cup breadcrumbs (or use enough to hold the meat together)
  • 1-2 tablespoon fresh minced garlic (or use 1 teaspoon garlic powder or to taste)
  • 1-2 teaspoon salt 
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • 1/3 cup milk 
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano (optional, or to taste)
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley (or 2 tablespoons dried parsley)

 

Directions:

This varies… the original recipe called for making them in the sauce… since I was using canned sauce I chose to not do this. Not to mention I have a small issue with worrying about undercooked meat haha. I baked the meatballs at 350 degrees for 25 minutes.

 

  1. Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl.
  2. Shape into small meatballs (at this point you can place on a jelly-roll/baking sheet and freeze to use later, or cover with plastic wrap refrigerate up to 24 hours before using).
  3. Drop the meatballs into simmering pasta sauce, do not stir for at least 20 minutes or you will risk breaking the meatballs.
  4. Continue cooking in the simmering sauce for another 20 minutes (depending on how fast your sauce is simmering 40 minutes total should fully cook the meatballs).
  5. After the 40 minutes cooking time continue cooking your sauce with the meatballs in for as long as desired.
  6. **note** you may also bake the meatballs at 350 degrees F for 25 minutes or until cooked through

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