Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Parmesan & Herb Meatballs with Semi-Homemade Marinara

I must say that these meatballs turned out AMAZING. Seriously, the best I've ever had And the SUPER EASY marinara was incredible, as well. As we were eating, I kept saying how I can't wait to make this again. The meatball recipe is from cooks.com and the marinara sauce is inspired by a recipe from all-recipes.com.
Parmesan & Herb Meatballs
Ingredients: (makes 20-25 meatballs, which are easily freezable)
1 c. bread crumbs, Italian flavored
2 cloves garlic, coarsely chopped
1 sm. onion, quartered
12 oz. ground beef (use lean beef) - I used 8 pz. ground sirloin and 4 oz. ground pork
2 eggs - used 1/2 c. egg beaters
1/2 c. grated Parmesan cheese
2 tsp. dried parsley
2 tsp. dried oregano
1 tsp. dried basil
1/4 tsp. salt
Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl. Form into 1 1/2-2 inch meatballs. Spray a baking dish with NS cooking spray and spread the meatballs evening in the dish. Bake for 25 minutes.
Semi-Homemade Marinara Sauce
28 oz. can Whole, peeled, Italian tomatoes
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped or crushed
1/2 onion, chopped
1 Tbsp. Italian seasoning
Dash of olive oil
Sautee the onion and garlic with the olive oil for 3-5 minutes, or until soft. Meanwhile, puree the whole can of tomatoes in a food processor. Note: a 3-cup food processor is a little too small and caused quite a mess in our kitchen. If using a 3-cup food processor, puree the tomatoes in two batches. Once pureed, add to the onion and garlic mixture. Add in the Italian seasoning. Simmer for 30 minutes.
And for fun, here's one of Ozzy, sleeping on the couch. He loved to curl up in my heated throw (best Christmas present EVER from mom and dad in 2007). However, he tends to overheat and starts panting in his sleep. He eventually gets so hot and pants so much that he wakes himself up and hops down for a drink of water.

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