Meatballs over Pasta

Easy Homemade Meatballs with Tomato Basil Sauce

I couldn’t resist sharing this meatball recipe with you. They are easy to make, tasty and the best part is that they are simmered into a Homemade Tomato Basil Sauce that will enhance any pasta.

Meatballs over Pasta

This recipe for the meatballs is so versatile that you can use a combination of different ground meats. You can use turkey, veal, or Italian sausages. Just note when choosing the ground meats, the more fat in the meat, the more tender and moist. I like the combination of ground beef and pork.

Meatballs in Tomato Basil Sauce

These meatballs are so easy that even if you are not a confident cook you will feel like a winner after making them!

Pasta with Meatballs

How to make Meatballs in a Tomato Basil Sauce:

First, combine the ground beef  and pork and season with garlic, salt, and black pepper

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Next, combine the breadcrumbs and the milk and then set aside

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 Then, combine the beaten eggs, fresh parsley, parmesan cheese and season with salt and pepper. (A pinch or two). Mix until well combined.

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Meatball mixture

The following step is to add the breadcrumbs and the milk mixture to the meat

Meatball-Mixture

Lastly, using a tablespoon or a small cookie scoop (depending on the desired size)  scoop some of the meat mixtures and rolled them between your hands to make them a uniform size just like the image below!

This recipe makes 30 meatballs

Lastly, using a tablespoon or a small cookie scoop (depending on the desired size)  scoop some of the meat mixtures and rolled them between your hands to make them a uniform size just like the image below!

 

 

How to make this Tomato Basil Sauce:

This part is Optional: Oven-roast some tomatoes and a few garlic cloves to add extra flavor to the sauce. I added olive oil, a pinch of salt, and black pepper. Then, place them in the oven for about 15 minutes over a 475-degree temperature.

 

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  1.  In a large saucepot, pour olive oil. Then, saute some onions over medium-low heat.
  2. add garlic, oregano, basil, salt, and stir.
  3. Proceed to add the can of crushed tomatoes
  4. Then, add roasted tomatoes and garlic.

Steps to make Tomato Basil Sauce

  1. Add some black pepper and the sugar (adding the sugar is very important to balance and reduce the acidity from the tomatoes). Continue cooking for about 20 minutes and then let the mixture cool off.
  2. Blend the mixture using an immersion blender or a regular blender.
  3. Then, transfer that smooth sauce back into the pot.
  4.  Add some butter and let it simmer for about 20 minutes.

Second Steps to make Tomato Basil Sauce

Now let’s combine the Meatballs to the Tomato Basil Sauce.

Place the meatballs into the sauce and continue cooking for about 10 minutes over medium-low heat. Tomato Basil Sauce with Meatballs

Let it cool for a few minutes before serving! I decided to pair these delicious meatballs over spaghetti.

Pasta with Meatballs

 

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Meatballs over Pasta

EASY HOMEMADE MEATBALLS WITH TOMATO BASIL SAUCE

These meatballs are so easy that even if you are not a confident cook you will feel like a winner after making them!

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword comfort food
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings 8 Servings
Calories 291 kcal
Author Evelyn @ asimpletweak.com

Ingredients

Meatballs

  • ½ pound ground beef
  • ½ pound ground pork
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 2 teaspoon salt (divided)
  • 2 teaspoon black pepper (divided)
  • ¾ cup breadcrumbs (I use Italian style without cheese)
  • ½ cup whole milk
  • 2 eggs (large, lightly beaten)
  • cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup fresh parsley (minced)

Tomato Sauce

  • 4 vine tomatoes (cut into fours)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon oregano
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 (28oz) can chopped tomatoes (I use San Marzano)
  • 1 (28oz) can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon sugar (I use light brown)
  • ½ large white onion (diced)
  • 4 garlic cloves (roasted)
  • 2 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • fresh basil (I use about 1 cup)

Instructions

  1. Season the ground meat of your choice. In this recipe, I combine ground beef and pork. I season the meat with garlic, salt, and black pepper

  2. Combine the breadcrumbs and the milk and then set aside
  3. Next, combine the beaten eggs, fresh parsley, parmesan cheese and season with salt and pepper. (A pinch or two). Mix with a spatula until well combined

  4. Add the breadcrumbs and the milk mixture into the meat. Then using a tablespoon or a small cookie scoop (depending on the desired size) scoop some of the meat mixtures and rolled them between your hands to make them a uniform size. set aside until you make the sauce.

How to make Tomato Basil Sauce

  1. The first step to making this tomato sauce is to roast some tomatoes and garlic to add extra flavor to the sauce. Add olive oil, a pinch of salt, and black pepper. Then, place them in the oven for about 15 minutes over a 475-degree temperature.

  2. Next, in a large sauce pot, pour olive oil. Then, saute some onions, add some extra garlic, add oregano, basil, and salt. Finally, stir over medium-low heat.
  3. Proceed to add the can of crushed tomatoes with the already roasted tomatoes and then add the extra peeled garlic.
  4. Add some black pepper and the sugar (adding the sugar is very important to balance and reduce the acidity from the tomatoes). Continue cooking for about 20 minutes and then let the mixture cool off. Blend the mixture using an immersion blender or a regular blender.

  5. Transfer the sauce back into the pot. Add some butter and let it simmer for about 20 minutes.

  6. Add the meatballs to the sauce and cook for about 10 minutes over medium-low heat and let it cool for a few minutes before serving!

  7. Enjoy!

    Meatballs in Tomato Basil Sauce

Recipe Notes

  • You can make them in batches and freeze them
  • To store them, place them in a cookie sheet within a distance from each other and put them in the fridge first for about 15 to 20 minutes, then place them in a freezer bag until time to cook
  • Make sure to label the bags with the date if you are not using the same week. For me, it doesn’t last long!

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(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate).

Nutrition Facts
EASY HOMEMADE MEATBALLS WITH TOMATO BASIL SAUCE
Amount Per Serving
Calories 291 Calories from Fat 171
% Daily Value*
Fat 19g29%
Saturated Fat 7g35%
Cholesterol 94mg31%
Sodium 1075mg45%
Potassium 422mg12%
Carbohydrates 12g4%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 15g30%
Vitamin A 1350IU27%
Vitamin C 19.4mg24%
Calcium 123mg12%
Iron 2.3mg13%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

 

 

 

4 Comments

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    That looks so delicious. A perfect meal that I would enjoy on this beautiful fall Sunday. Thanks for sharing.

     
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    Looks great!!!

     

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