The weather is cooler in New York and I have that yearning for heartier meals. Quick and Easy Meatballs with Tomato Sauce is a hearty dish full of flavor, and as the name states, they’re quick and easy. 

 

Quick and Easy Meatballs by Diverse Dinners

 

The meatballs are a mixture of ground chuck, sweet Italian pork sausage and parmesan molded into bite-size balls. The zesty sauce is a combination of tomatoes, garlic and oregano.

I like to serve this dish on a weekend for brunch, as it satisfies the need for something more substantial. Keep it simple and serve with toasted bread, and if you like, a side of eggs.

Alternatively, Quick and Easy Meatballs with Tomato Sauce makes for a great dinner for the kids. They’ll love it with spaghetti. Have them help with the prep work, you might find you have a budding chef in your midst.

I used to help my mother in the kitchen a lot when I was a kid. Many times not by choice, it was a requirement in my home. My mother thought it was important that all of her children were able to fend for themselves. So I started cooking very early in life, I was eight! My siblings and I truly enjoy cooking, it can be a bit of a fight to the kitchen at times when we get together.

What I like about Quick and Easy Meatballs with Tomato Sauce is that you don’t have to have years of experience in a kitchen to be able to make this dish. All you need to do is follow the recipe and you’ll have a very tasty dish in no time.

 

Quick and Easy Meatballs by Diverse Dinners

 

I served my Quick and Easy Meatballs with Tomato Sauce in small individual skillets, because I have a variety of skillets in different sizes. I love those things.

Now, don’t rush out and purchase small skillets. Well, not unless you want to. A large ovenproof skillet or dish will work fine.

 

Serves 4

Quick and Easy Meatballs with Tomato Sauce

30 minPrep Time

30 minCook Time

1 hrTotal Time

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Ingredients

  • 1 lb ground chuck
  • 12 oz sweet Italian pork sausage (removed from casings)
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese (shredded)
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 4 garlic cloves (minced)
  • 28 oz canned diced tomatoes
  • 2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp fine salt
  • Extra shredded parmesan for garnish
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil (cut into ribbons) for garnish
  • Equipment & Utensils
  • Large skillet (preferably ovenproof)
  • Ovenproof dish (if needed)
  • Saucepan with cover
  • Aluminum foil

Instructions

  1. Tip ground chuck, Italian sausage and parmesan into a large bowl.
  2. Using your hands, mix ingredients together.
  3. Form mixed meat into bite-size meatballs by taking a large pinch of the meat and rolling into a ball.
  4. Heat oil in a large skillet on high heat, and carefully drop meatballs in.
  5. Brown all sides, just a little.
  6. You will likely have to brown meatballs in two batches, which might require additional oil.
  7. If you have an ovenproof skillet, discard oil and wipe skillet clean, then place meatballs in skillet and set aside.
  8. If you do not have an ovenproof skillet, place meatballs in an ovenproof dish and set aside.
  9. Drop butter in a saucepan and place on a high heat.
  10. Just before the butter completely melts add garlic and saute until flavor releases.
  11. Add tomatoes, oregano and salt and lightly stir to combine.
  12. Lower heat to medium and cover saucepan and allow to cook for 7-10 mins until the flavors are combined.
  13. Watch the sauce as it bubbles and lower heat if it appears to be bubbling too vigorously.
  14. Taste sauce to make sure you have the right balance of flavors, if necessary add a little extra of what your tastebuds feels it needs.
  15. Pour sauce over meatballs and cover with foil, then place in a preheated oven at 380.
  16. Allow to cook for 10-15 mins.
  17. When ready to serve, sprinkle with some parmesan and basil.
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