Tomato Garlic Meatballs

Garlic Meatballs


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These are savory garlic meatballs that are simple to make by following this recipe. You can serve these meatballs with pasta or even put them in some homemade soup.

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Time needed

30 min preparation + 60 min cooking

Serving Size / Yield

8 servings


  • For the meatballs:
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup of plus 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1/2 a pound ground pork
  • 2/3 cup of Italian style bread crumbs
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 cup of minced fresh parsley leaves
  • for the sauce:
  • 4 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • 4 cups of whole tomatoes, with juice
  • 3/4 teaspoon of dried oregano, crumbled

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Make the meatballs:
Coat a 9-inch cast iron skillet with 2 tablespoons oil, and then cook the chopped onions over heat, stirring occasionally. When the onions are soft and translucent, remove from heat and let cool.
In a large bowl combine the onion mixture, ground meat, breadcrumbs, salt, and parsley. Form equal tablespoons of mixture into balls. In a skillet, heat 1 tablespoon of oil over medium-high heat until just-sizzling hot.
Brown the meatballs in batches (about 16 at a time). Make sure to shake the skillet frequently so the meatballs keep their shape. Add the remaining 3 tablespoons of oil if necessary. Finally, transfer the meatballs with a slotted spoon into a bowl lined with paper towels to soak up excess grease.
make the sauce:
In a 6-quart pot cook the garlic in oil over low heat. Make sure to stir until the garlic is fragrant. Add the tomatoes and the juice and oregano and simmer. While this is simmering, make sure to breaking up tomatoes.
Add the meatballs to the mixture and simmer for about 25 minutes. Make sure to gently stir. The meatballs should be tender when they are done, and the sauce should be thickened slightly.
Transfer the meatballs with a slotted spoon to serving dish. If the sauce seems thin, then boil it gently and make sure to stir frequently until it becomes thickened. Season the sauce with salt and pepper and pour the sauce over the meatballs.
Enjoy over rice or pasta for a complete meal.

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