Ingredients for the Meatballs

1 pound of Ground Round

1/4 cup of Spanish onion chopped

1/4 cup of cubanelle pepper minced

1 large garlic clove minced

1tsp of Sea Salt

1/4 cup of grated Parmesan cheese

1/4 cup of breadcrumbs

Mix all of the above ingredients until well mixed. Coat your hands in olive oil and start forming each meatball (should be the size of a golf ball). Line them on a tray and set as

Ingredients for the Tomato Sauce

1 large can of Crushed Tomatoes(I like Red Pack)

1 garlic clove

1/4 cup of Spanish onion chopped

1-2 tablespoons of olive oil

Salt to taste

Pour the olive oil into a dutch oven so that the whole bottom is covered. Add in the onions and garlic clove and cook on medium heat until the onion is translucent. Pour in the can of crushed tomatoes and stir, fill the can 2x with water and add it to the pot. Allow the sauce to boil (about 10 minutes) and then lower the heat and simmer the sauce with the lid on for another 20 minutes. Check it after 10 minutes and stir. If you like you can add basil and/or oregano at this time. At this point get the sauce to a boil again and add in the meatballs about 6 at a time, make sure not to add so many meatballs that they are now touching each other and crowding the pot. Cover the pot and check in about 2-3 minutes and turn the meatballs. Once they are cooked about 5-8 minutes, take them out and set aside (in another bowl) and cook the remaining meatballs.

Once all the meatballs are cooked you can put them back into the dutch oven and heat them up again if you are going to serve or leave them in the pot until dinner time. I like to serve these with a thick pasta that will really absorb the sauce or place it over rice.

**Mami’s if you need to get your child to eat their vegetables you can add carrots and/or cooked spinach into the meatballs. I like to occasionally add carrots to my tomato sauce, when I do I make sure to mince the carrot so you can barely see it. You can also boil some carrots, puree them and add it to the tomato sauce. I have frozen these meatballs in a deep freezer for up to 3 months and they are just as delicious!


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