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Classic Italian Meatballs


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It’s delizioso! This classic Italian meatball recipe, served with a delectably spiced tomato sauce, brings your standard spaghetti-and-meatball dinner to another mouth-watering level.

Ingredients

2/3 cup (150 mL) fresh bread crumbs
1/2 cup (125 mL) water
1 egg
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 tsp (2 mL) salt
1/2 tsp (2 mL) pepper
1/4 cup (60 mL) grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup (60 mL) chopped fresh parsley
1 lb (454 g) lean ground beef
1 onion, finely chopped
28 oz (794 g) diced tomatoes
1 cup (250 mL) beef stock
1 zucchini, grated
1/2 tsp (2 mL) dried basil
1/2 tsp (2 mL) dried oregano

Preparation

In bowl, combine fresh bread crumbs with water; let stand until absorbed, about 5 minutes. Beat in egg, 1 clove garlic, salt, pepper, cheese and parsley. Mix in beef. Roll by rounded tablespoonfuls into balls.Brush large nonstick skillet with vegetable oil; heat over medium-high heat. Brown meatballs, in batches, about 5 minutes. Transfer to bowl.

Drain any fat from pan. Add onion and 1 clove garlic; cook over medium heat, stirring often, for 3 minutes.

Add tomatoes, beef stock, zucchini, basil and oregano; simmer, stirring occasionally, until slightly thickened, about 25 minutes. Return meatballs and any accumulated juices to pan; simmer, turning meatballs occasionally, until no longer pink inside and sauce is thickened, about 20 minutes.

Servings: 4

Nutritional Info

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Source: www.cbc.ca


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