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Meatballs in Marinara Sauce

These meatballs in marinara sauce are a family favorite! Tender meatballs in a rich and delicious tomato sauce. A perfect make ahead meal for the whole family.
Course Main Course
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 4 people
Author Renata

Ingredients

For the meatballs:

  • 2 lbs ground meat
  • 2 slices of stale wholewheat bread, crumbled into small pieces
  • 6 tbsps water
  • 1 tsp Himalayan pink salt
  • ½ tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp dried basil leaves
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oi

For the marinara:

  • 2 x 15 oz cans crushed tomatoes
  • 1 medium onion finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 beef bouillon cube
  • 1.5 tsp dried oregano
  • 1.5 tsp dried basil
  • 4 tsp molasses

Instructions

For the meatballs:

  1. In a large bowl, add crumbled bread, water, salt, pepper, garlic powder, oregano, basil and eggs. With a fork, mix together till well combined.
  2. Add in the ground meat and gently mix with a fork till just combined. Take care not to overmix as this will result in a tough meatball.
  3. Form the meatball mixture into golf ball size balls.
  4. Heat olive oil in a large Dutch oven or pot over med-high heat.
  5. Gently fry meatballs in the olive oil on all sides till golden brown, approximately 2-3 mins ,per side. You will need to do this in batches.
  6. Remove meatballs to a large tray.

For the marinara:

  1. After meatballs are browned, add onion to the Dutch oven or pot. Reduce heat to medium and saute onions till translucent, about 5 minutes.
  2. Add minced garlic and saute till fragrant, about 1 minute.
  3. Add in the crushed tomatoes, water, beef bouillon cube, oregano and basil and stir gently.
  4. Carefully add the meatballs into the tomato sauce.
  5. Increase the heat to med-high and bring the meatballs and tomato sauce to a boil. Reduce the heat to med-low and allow to simmer till meatballs are cooked through, approx 20-30 mins.
  6. Serve with your favorite pasta, veggie noodles or as a meatball slider!