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Homemade Italian Meatballs

Savory, tender Italian meatballs with fresh garlic, parmesan, flat leaf parsley in a delicious simmered tomato sauce.
Course Main Dish
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 18
Author Allie Taylor

Ingredients

  • 2-3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 cloves crushed garlic divided
  • 1 onion diced
  • 1, 28 ounce can crushed tomatoes
  • 1, 15 ounce can tomato sauce
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 pound 85% lean ground beef
  • or a mixture of 8 ounces 85% lean ground beef and 8 ounces ground turkey
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup chopped flat leaf parsley
  • 1/2 cup Italian bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese

Instructions

  • Heat olive oil in a medium sauce pan over medium heat.
  • Add chopped onions and 2 cloves of crushed garlic.
  • Sautee 'til translucent.
  • Stir in tomato sauce, crushed tomatoes, salt and pepper.
  • Cover and let simmer on low for 15 minutes.
  • Put ground beef in a mixing bowl along with 2 cloves crushed garlic, bread crumbs, egg, chopped parsley and parmesan cheese.
  • Combine with your hands or a fork.
  • Form into tablespoon size meatballs with hands or a 1 tablespoon cookie scoop.
  • Carefully add meatballs into the simmering sauce.
  • Cover and continue simmering for 15 - 20 minutes until thoroughly cooked and meat is no longer pink inside.
  • Season to taste with additional salt and pepper as needed.
  • Serve hot over spaghetti, pasta or on sub rolls as a meatball sub.