ITALIAN MEATBALLS AND SAUCE


Growing up I used to help my mom make meatballs all the time. Spaghetti and meatballs was a regular dish in my house and always a favorite of mine. This recipe is my own take on the meatballs, inspired by my mom’s recipe. Nice and browned on the outside, flavorful on the inside and nuzzled into my easy homemade sauce recipe for the best comfort food. Give it a try when you’re in the mood for some home cooking!


Here’s what you’ll need:

For the sauce:

  • 2 tbsp olive or avocado oil
  • 1 large yellow onion, chopped
  • 4 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 2 tbsp italian seasoning
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • 2 cups crushed tomatoes

For the meatballs:

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 lb ground pork
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tbsp almond flour
  • 3 large garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 2 tbsp italian seasoning
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 2 tbsp parsley

In a large sauce pan, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add chopped onion and garlic cook until translucent. Season with salt, pepper and italian seasoning, mix in tomato paste and then cover with crushed tomatoes.

Let the sauce simmer for at least 30 minutes (the longer the better). Add beef, pork, egg, almond flour, garlic, red pepper, italian seasoning, onion powder and parsley to a large bowl.

Fully incorporate all meatballs ingredients and form into balls. You can use a cookie scoop or spoon to get even amounts. Add one at a time to an oiled pan and cook over medium-high heat.

Brown the meatballs on all sides by flipping every few minutes. Remove from heat and add to the sauce. Serve immediately or store in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.


ITALIAN MEATBALLS AND SAUCE

Ingredients:

For the sauce:

  • 2 tbsp olive or avocado oil
  • 1 large yellow onion, chopped
  • 4 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 2 tbsp italian seasoning
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • 2 cups crushed tomatoes

For the meatballs:

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 lb ground pork
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tbsp almond flour
  • 3 large garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 2 tbsp italian seasoning
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 2 tbsp parsley

Instructions:

  1. In a large sauce pan, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add chopped onion and garlic cook until translucent. Season with salt, pepper and italian seasoning, mix in tomato paste and then cover with crushed tomatoes.
  2. Let the sauce simmer for at least 30 minutes (the longer the better). Add beef, pork, egg, almond flour, garlic, red pepper, italian seasoning, onion powder and parsley to a large bowl.
  3. Fully incorporate all meatballs ingredients and form into balls. You can use a cookie scoop or spoon to get even amounts. Add one at a time to an oiled pan and cook over medium-high heat.
  4. Brown the meatballs on all sides by flipping every few minutes. Remove from heat and add to the sauce. Serve immediately or store in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

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