You’ll love these juicy and tender style baked meatball in your favorite marinara sauce. Super simple and surprisingly quick, these flavorful meatball will be on your plate in under an hour.
- 250 g mild Italian sausages
- 500 g lean ground veal
- 1/4 cup dried bread crumbs
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
- 3 tablespoons chopped fresh oregano
- 3 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
- 1 Egg
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- Marinara Sauce:
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 small onion , finely chopped
- 3 garlic cloves , minced
- 1 bay leaf
- 2 teaspoons dried Italian herb
- 1 796 ml can whole Italian tomatoes
- 2 cups baby spinach , coarsely chopped
- 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
- salt and pepper
- 125 g fresh mozzarella cheese , sliced
- 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
- 2 teaspoons grated Parmesan cheese
Preheat oven to 400°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Remove casing from sausages. Crumble susage meat into large bowl; mix in veal, bread crumbs, parsley, oregano, basil, egg and garlic. With wet hands, shape mixture into 1-inch balls.
Transfer to prepared baking sheet; bake, turning once halfway through cooking time, until meatballs are lightly browned and no longer pink inside, 15 to 20 minutes.
Meanwhile, in large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat; cook onion, stirring, until softened, about 5 minutes. Add garlic, bay leaf and Italian herbs. Mix in tomatoes, crushing with back of spoon. Bring to boil; reduce heat and simmer until sauce has thickened, about 10 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Remove and discard bay leaf.
Transfer meatballs and sauce to greased 13- x 9-inch baking dish. Top with mozzarella and Parmesan. (Make-ahead: Can be stored in airtight container and frozen for up to 3 months. Thaw in refrigerator overnight and increase cooking time by 10 minutes.)
Bake until bubbly and lightly browned on top, about 10 minutes. Broil until cheese is golden brown, about 2 minutes. Sprinkle with pepper.
Test Kitchen Tip: Serve the meatballs with traditional spaghetti or your favourite pasta, and garnish with fresh basil.
PER SERVING: about
Iron3 mg, Fibre5 g, Sodium750 mg, Sugars5 g, Protein33 g, Calories450, Total fat28 g, Cholesterol130 mg, Saturated fat11 g, Total carbohydrate14 g.
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