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Garlic Meatballs and Sauce

Posted on 2006.01.18 at 18:52
About every other week we take a trip to Costco. With a bigger family, we actually USE the larger quantities before they spoil. But with ground beef that takes a little planning. It's not uncommon find me on a Sunday night sitting on the couch mixing and shaping meatballs, or pre-cooking meat for the coming week's meals.

One time I decided to make meatballs from an entire 8 LB package of ground beef. After we'd eaten our share for dinner (maybe 1/3?) I had planned on splitting the rest in half and freezing for two upcoming meals. I had the rest simmering in the crock-pot and when I finally had time to put them away I discovered an EMPTY pot! Someone... NOT ME... had eaten 6 LBS of meatballs in one evening!

Here's a recipe SO adaptable it's silly. I've substituted different types of cereal, dried bread, unflavored oats, crackers or whatever I have on hand, but I usually use Corn Flakes. Sometimes I don't have carrots, but you can use any vegetable in it's place, like potato, turnip, zucchini (if my husband ever CAUGHT me at that one he'd be upset but he hasn't noticed yet)

This recipe takes a little time, but the results are delicious!

Meatballs and Sauce

3 lbs of ground beef
2 eggs
1 cup crushed Corn Flakes
4-5 large leaves fresh basil, chopped
6-8 cloves fresh garlic, minced
1 carrot, grated
1 tsp pepper

Mix together all ingredients thoroughly and shape into 1-2" balls. Brown meatballs in large skillet turning constantly until all raw edges are "sealed" (brown). (you can add a little olive oil to the pan to keep it from sticking to the pan) The center of the meatballs will still be very pink at this point.

Add Sauce (recipe below) and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for a minimum of 1 hour, or longer if you have time...

Serve over noodles, in Sub Sandwiches, or simply as-is in bowls.


1 can Diced Tomatoes
2 cans stewed, italian style tomatoes

Optional to taste:
Fresh garlic ~2-3 cloves, minced~ (sometimes I add it, sometimes I don't...)
Fresh Basil 1 TBSP, chopped

Place all desired ingredients in blender and pulse until desired consistency. If you blend it too long it will be runny... We like ours well blended, as I have a couple tomato-phobic children, but there are still small chunks of tomato in ours. I've never had a single complaint from the tomato-haters about this sauce, they LOVE it! (this is NOT a typical spaghetti sauce and should not be thickened or sweetened).


chasnlndsy at 2006-01-20 02:34 (UTC) (Link)
I do believe I am going to try this one!
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