Monday, May 04, 2015

Family Meatball Recipe That Kids Will Love Too

A week ago, I shared a picture of homemade Italian meatballs on Instagram that I had made for my kids. I see pictures of peoples food all the time on Instagram, so I thought I'd share one of my family favorites - Italian homemade meatballs that my mom taught me to make. 

After I shared it, someone asked for my recipe!  I was really surprised. I've always loved cooking, especially if someone enjoys eating what I've made. But I never thought of sharing my families recipes until now. 

So, here goes!

My Family Meatball Recipe:
Ingredients for meatballs:
  • 2 lbs of 93% lean ground beef. I've used 80% lean beef in the past, but have found that I'm constantly scooping out the fat oils that accumulate at the top of my homemade sauce, so now I usually buy 93% lean beef.
  • 1 2/3 cup of Progresso Italian Style Bread Crumbs. 
  • 2 eggs (1 egg per 1 lb of beef)
  • 1/4 cup of milk (1/8 cup per pound of beef)
Progresso Italian Bread Crumbs

Ingredients for my delicious easy homemade Italian sauce:
Classico Tomato & Basil Pasta Sauce

  • 3 jars of Traditional Tomato and Basil Pasta Sauce. I usually buy what is on sale. 
  • 4 cans of Diced Tomatoes with Basil, Oregano and Garlic. Hunts or Del Monte are my preferred brands.
  • 3 tablespoons of Olive Oil
Del Monte Diced Tomatoes

Steps for preparing meatballs:
  • In a large bowl, mix the 2 lbs of beef, eggs, milk and bread crumbs using your hands. 
  • Make sure everything is mixed in well.
Steps for preparing the sauce:
  • In a large pot, pour in the 3 jars of Traditional Tomato and Basil Pasta Sauce and 4 cans of Diced Tomatoes with Basil, Oregano and Garlic. 
  • Turn stove burner on high, stirring every so often. 
Final steps in making my families favorite Italian meatballs and pasta sauce:
  • Using your hands, begin making 1 1/2 - 2 " sized meatballs, rolling them in your hands into a ball shape. My kids like them bigger than smaller. I usually bring the bowl over to the pot on the stove, making the meatballs and then putting each into the pot.
  • As sauce is slowly coming to a boil, begin adding meatballs. Make sure your hands do not touch the sauce. 
  • Cook the meatballs in the sauce on high for 30 minutes, stirring carefully so meatballs don't break up. Sauce should be boiling.
  • After 30 minutes, lower sauce to a simmer and cook for another 2 - 3 hours, again stirring every so often so the sauce doesn't burn at the bottom of the pot.
I'm sure you could easily make this homemade meatball recipe in a Crock Pot. I've never tried, but I have cooked them by mistake for 3 - 4 hours on simmer and they still taste amazing.


Lisa @ Fun Money Mom said...

My girls LOVE meatballs so I'll definitely have to try out your recipe!

Melissa Perry Moraja said...

I've been making them with Rigatoni with a little sprinkle of parmesan.

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

My hubby loves meatballs and I do enjoy making them when I have the time..
Thanks so much for stopping by!


Pattie @ Olla-Podrida said...

Forget the kids, these look yummy to me! I think I see a plate of meatballs in my future.

Heidi's Wanderings said...

Your meatball recipe sounds delicious. I'll have to try it out.

Deborah Davis said...

What a healthy and delicious recipe! Thank you for sharing your Family Meatball Recipe That Kids Will Love Too with us at the Healthy Happy Green and Natural Party! I am pinning and sharing!

Melissa Perry Moraja said...

Heidi, it really is good! And so easy to make!

Melissa Perry Moraja said...

And meatball subs!

Melissa Perry Moraja said...

Thanks so much Deborah for pinning and sharing!

Melissa Perry Moraja said...

My hubby loves meatballs too, as do my two boys.

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