Baked Meatballs

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Necessity is the mother of invention… thus this recipe. The kids wanted to go to the pool, I wanted to make slow cooked but not greasy meatballs for dinner… but also want to go to the pool. I came up with an idea to make everybody happy!

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Gather all your favorite meatball fixins. I was excited to use fresh herbs from my garden.

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Give that all a quick mix before you add your ground meat so you don’t have to overwork the meat.

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Add in ground meat and mix until just combined. Crank oven to 350 and cover a baking sheet with foil. Form meatballs and place on foil. Pop into oven.

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15 minutes later meatballs are medium rare but most of the fat has been rendered, which is why I did this step first instead of baking them in the sauce šŸ˜‰ A little grease is good… all this… not my cup of tea!

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Grab a baking dish and cover with a layer of sauce. I used canned sauce… I was headed to the pool folks… give me a break.

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Gently transfer meatballs to the baking dish. I had enough to make up 2 baking dishes. One will go in the freezer for when we need to go to the pool even faster šŸ™‚

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Cover meatballs with remaining sauce… Set oven to lower temp. Forget about it. We were gone for about 2 hours so I turned mine to 225. You really just want these to simmer a bit and develop a good flavor with the sauce.

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Arrive home from latest adventure and walk into an aromatic home and dinner mostly done. Boil up some pasta and grab these out of the oven. Feel free to sneak a meatball… I did šŸ™‚

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Once your past is done add it to the sauce or vice versa. It’s always best to combine the sauce and pasta before serving to prevent clumping pasta. The pasta also starts to absorb the flavor of the sauce… just a good idea.

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I mixed in a handful of chopped parsley before I dug into mine. It’s a great way to add a nutritious vegetable without radically changing the dish. The flavor is great, too!!

I know you’re busy… so make these ahead and can refrigerate or slow cook until you’re ready!

Baked Meatballs
2 lb ground beef or combo of 2 lbs of ground meat of your choice
1/2 onion very finely diced
4 cloves garlic finely chopped
2 eggs
1/4 ground flax
1/4 ground oatmeal or breadcrumbs
1 1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp ground pepper
As many fresh herbs as you can stand šŸ˜‰
1/2 cup plain greek yogurt
2 cans of canned red sauce or equivalent of homemade

Mix all but ground meat in a large bowl. Preheat oven to 350 and cover baking sheet with foil. Mix in ground meat until just combined. Form into meatballs and place on foil. Bake for 10-15 minutes until most of fat from meat has rendered. Transfer meatballs to baking sheet with thin layer of red sauce. Cover with sauce and bake at low heat or refrigerate until ready to bake. Bake until bubbly and hot!

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4 Responses to Baked Meatballs

  1. Jessica says:

    I’m making this tonight for dinner, Laura! I’ve never made meatballs before, but I think they’ll be great.

    Thanks for having this site! It’s so fun!

  2. Pingback: For dinner this week… | The Kitchen Tutor

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