Meatballs in Tomato Sauce

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Meatballs in Tomato Sauce are a comforting and universally loved dish that evokes both conviviality and simplicity.

Meatballs in Tomato Sauce

This dish, which crosses cultures and generations, consists of juicy and tasty meatballs, generally prepared from a mixture of minced meats seasoned with herbs and spices. They are then simmered in a rich and aromatic tomato sauce, infused with garlic, onions, and basil, providing a perfect balance between the sweetness of the tomato and the depth of flavors of the meat.
Served with crusty bread, pasta, or even rice, meatballs in tomato sauce make a complete and satisfying meal, ideal for a family dinner or a gathering of friends. Find out how to prepare this classic dish that will undoubtedly warm hearts and delight palates.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Cuisine Italian
Servings 6

Equipment

  • 1 large sauce pan or large dutch oven
  • 1 large mixing bowl

Ingredients
  

Meatballs

  • 1 onion
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 2.2 lbs ground meat ( 1 kg - ground beef, ground turkey or mix of both)
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cloves garlic (crushed)
  • ½ cup herbs (chopped fresh parsley, cilantro, chives or a mix)
  • salt and pepper
  • pinch nutmeg
  • 5 oz bread crumbs (150 g)

Tomato sauce

  • 17.64 oz tomato sauce (500 g)
  • 3 tbps herbs (dried basil or thyme or both)
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 can crushed tomatoes (28 oz - 800 g)
  • 1 pinch ground red pepper
  • 1 tbsp sugar

Instructions
 

Meatballs

  • Peel the onion and, chop it finely, brown it for 5 minutes in a large pan, with 1 tbsp of olive oil.
  • In a large mixing bowl, place the fresh meat, break in your eggs. Then add the chopped or frozen herbs (a handful of each). The more, the better. Mix.
  • Then add the cooked onion then the crushed garlic clove from which the germ has been removed. Add salt, pepper, nutmeg (a bit), breadcrumbs and mix well (you can mix by hand).
  • Then add the cooked onion then the crushed garlic clove from which the germ has been removed. Add salt, pepper, nutmeg (a bit), breadcrumbs and mix well (you can mix by hand).
  • Then form small balls between your slightly wet hands.
  • Heat the pan over medium heat, add a little olive oil and place the meatballs and sear them.
  • Then arrange them in a dish and reserve them.

Tomato sauce

  • In the large saucepan or dutch oven , heat the coulis (do not throw away the bottle!). Add a splash of water to the empty bottle, shake and pour into the saucepan.
  • Add some herbs and bay leaf. Stir.
  • Salt, pepper, add the crushed tomatoes and a pinch of cayenne pepper. Mix it all together.
  • Add the meatballs to the sauce and cook covered for about 1 hour (medium heat for 15 minutes and low for 45 minutes).
  • Stir from time to time.
  • Adjust the seasoning if necessary and add the sugar for acidity and remove the bay leaf.

Notes

Serve with mashed potatoes, fries, rice, pasta or quinoa.
Keyword Dairy free, gluten free, Meatballs
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