“Eating in Italy is essentially a family art, practiced for and by the family. The finest accomplishments of the home cook are not reserved like the good silver and china for special occasions or for impressing guests, but are offered daily for the pleasure and happiness of the family group.” ~Marcella Hazan
I’ve always associated Italian food with bringing family together at the dinner table, giving them the opportunity to share their day and reconnect with one another. It sounds like such a simple concept, but one that’s widely overlooked. As technology continues to make our lives more convenient, it’s also making it easier for us to become more isolated, to live within the confines of our metal handheld boxes. Somehow though, Italian food is always able to bring people together, whether it be at a family dinner or large social settings. And I think that’s why Italian food has always held a place in my heart (that and I’m part Italian, so I was raised on a ton of Italian food).
This meatball and tomato sauce is a versatile recipe that can go with noodles for a savory dinner, or it can be served on toothpicks for a quick and easy party dish. I hope you enjoy this recipe, and check out all of the recipes down below! Also, if you’re a food blogger (or just love food), you should join us this May in Orlando at the Food and Wine Conference! Register here, and use the code GlutenFreeCrumbley for a discount! http://foodandwineconference.com/
- 1 pound lean ground beef
- 1 pound ground pork
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup gluten free breadcrumbs
- 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 1 teaspoon ground pepper
- 6 basil leaves
- 1 yellow onion
- 4 cloves garlic
- Tomato Sauce
- 30 oz tomato sauce
- 15 oz diced tomato
- 1/4 cup tomato paste
- 1 1/2 tbsp minced garlic
- 1/2 yellow onion, diced
- 1/4 lb mushrooms, diced
- 1 tbsp thyme
- 1/2 tbsp oregano
- 1/2 tbsp basil
- shredded mozzarella for garnish
- Preheat oven to 350 F.
- In a large bowl, combine the beef, pork, eggs, breadcrumbs, Parmesan cheese, pepper, and salt.
- Finely chop the basil and add it to the bowl.
- Heat a skillet over medium low heat. Finely chop the onion and garlic and cook in the pan for about 5 minutes, until the onions are tender. Add the onions and garlic to the bowl. Clean the pan and place back on the heat.
- Mix the meat together, and form small meatballs. Add the meatballs to the pan, and brown the outside of the balls. Once the balls are browned, transfer to a baking sheet, and bake in the oven for 15 minutes. Remove the meatballs from the oven.
- In a large saucepan, add the sauce, tomato, and paste. Stir together and heat over medium heat.
- In a small pan over medium heat, saute the garlic and onion with 2 tsp olive oil for about 5 minutes, or until the onions are slightly translucent. Add the mushrooms and cook for another 3 minutes. Add the onion mix the the sauce, along with the thyme, oregano, and basil.
- Reduce the heat to low, and simmer for 30 minutes.
- Turn the oven on broil. Pour sauce over the meatballs, and sprinkle with cheese. Bake in the oven for about 3-5 minutes, just until the cheese starts to brown. Place on toothpicks and serve!
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- Gnocchi alla Romana from Tramplingrose
- Italian Rice Balls from My World Simplified
- Rosemary Focaccia from Curious Cuisiniere
- Tomato Caprese with Burrata from Casa de Crews
- Asparagus and lemon risotto from Un Assaggio of Food, Wine & Marriage
- Braised Italian-Style Beef Short Ribs from Hardly A Goddess
- Bruschetta Chicken from Meal Planning Magic
- Bucatini with Roasted Garlic Tomato Sauce from The TipToe Fairy
- Orechietti with Broccoli Rabe and Shrimp from Delaware Girl Eats
- Cheesy Gnocchi and Sausage Bake from Confessions of a Cooking Diva
- Classic Vodka Sauce from Cupcakes & Kale Chips
- Eggplant Parmesan from Rants From My Crazy Kitchen
- Fast Faux-Baked Ziti from Fantastical Sharing of Recipes
- Florentine Pizza from A Mind Full Mom
- Gluten Free Meatballs with Homemade Sauce from Gluten Free Crumbley
- Green and Yellow Artichoke Tortellini with Mushrooms, Pancetta and Spring Peas with White Wine Reduction from Crazy Foodie Stunts
- Grilled Chicken Pesto Panini from Eat, Drink and be Tracy
- Mushroom Bolognese Pasta Recipe from Life Tastes Good
- Parma Rosa Baked Ziti from Palatable Pastime
- Pasta Con Sarde a Mare – Pasta with Sardines at Sea from Caroline’s Cooking
- Pasta e Fagioli from Cindy’s Recipes and Writings
- Penne with Sausage in Creamy Boursin Cheese Recipe from Feeding Big and more
- Pesce all’Aqua Pazza from Monica’s Table
- Polenta-Crusted Italian Sausage Pies from Wholistic Woman
- Pumpkin Agnolotti from Jane’s Adventures in Dinner
- Shrimp Fra Diavolo from Grumpy’s Honeybunch
- Slow Cooker Lasagna from Food Lust People Love
- Stuffed Ravioli in Alfredo Sauce from The Freshman Cook
- Tuscan Kale Pesto Risotto from Cooking Chat
- Tuscan Porterhouse with Balsamic-Rosemary Steak Sauce and Seared Radicchio from The Texan New Yorker
- Tuscan Style Chicken Breasts from Simple and Savory
- Zuppa Toscana from Momma’s Meals
- Italian Berries, Mascarpone and Marsala Budini from La Bella Vita Cucina
- Berry Tiramisu from That Skinny Chick Can Bake
- Cannoli Poke Cake from Moore or Less Cooking
- Cherry Walnut Biscotti from Pies and Plots
- Chocolate Tiramisu from Renee’s Kitchen Adventures
- Fiordilatte Gelato from Manu’s Menu
- Italian Cream Cheesecake from The Crumby Cupcake
- Lemoncello Tiramisu from The Redhead Baker
- Limoncello Cookies from Cosmopolitan Cornbread
- Orange and Almond Ricotta Cheesecake from Pine Needles In My Salad
- Panna Cotta with Fresh Berries from The Chef Next Door
- Salame al Cioccolato (Chocolate Salami) from A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures
- Strawberry Panna Cotta from From Gate to Plate
- Tiramisu Semifreddo from Tara’s Multicultural Table
- Wine and Cheese Chocolate Muffins from What Smells So Good?
- Zabaglione Gelato from Magnolia Days
- Bicerin (Italian Coffee) from Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks
- Easy Limoncello from Our Good Life
- Liquore all’Alloro from Culinary Adventures with Camilla
- Sgroppino (Frothy Italian Sorbetto Cocktail) from The Wimpy Vegetarian
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