Savory Baked Meatballs with Herb-Infused Marinara

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Indulge in the delightful experience of homemade goodness with our savory Baked Meatballs paired with a flavorful herb-infused marinara sauce. These delectable meatballs, a fusion of Italian sausage and ground beef, are skillfully seasoned and baked to perfection, ensuring a burst of flavors in every bite. Join us on this culinary journey as we transform the ordinary into extraordinary.

Ingredients:

Meatballs:

  • 1 lb. Italian Sausage
  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • ¾ cup Panko Breadcrumbs
  • ½ onion, finely minced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • ½ cup finely grated Parmesan Cheese
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Marinara Sauce:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ medium onion, finely chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 28-ounce can crushed tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons fresh basil, finely chopped

Instructions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Meatball Preparation: In a large bowl, gently combine Italian Sausage, ground beef, breadcrumbs, minced onion, garlic, milk, Parmesan cheese, parsley, eggs, salt, and pepper. Use a small cookie scoop for consistent portioning, rolling them into 1-inch meatballs. Place on the prepared baking sheet and bake for 18-20 minutes.
  3. Marinara Magic: Meanwhile, in a skillet over medium heat, heat olive oil. Add finely chopped onion, cooking until soft (approximately 7 minutes). Reduce heat, add garlic, red pepper flakes, and black pepper, cooking for an additional minute. Incorporate crushed tomatoes, simmering for 20 minutes. Stir in fresh basil. Add the baked meatballs to the marinara sauce, stirring gently. Simmer for an additional 5 minutes.

Tips and Variations:

  • Handle the meat mixture gently to avoid dense and dry meatballs.
  • Experiment with ground turkey, chicken, veal, or pork for a personalized touch.
  • Explore additional herbs like thyme, rosemary, or Italian seasoning.
  • Achieve uniform size using a 1 tablespoon cookie scoop and roll the meatballs for a rounded appearance.
  • Opt for parchment paper for easy cleanup and even browning.
  • Begin preparing the marinara a few minutes before placing the meatballs in the oven.

Conclusion:

Deliciously baked and bathed in a herb-infused marinara, these savory meatballs elevate your dining experience to a new level. With hints of Italian flavors and a perfect blend of textures, our Baked Meatballs promise a memorable feast. Whether served as a main course or a delightful appetizer, these meatballs are a testament to the joy of homemade comfort food. Enjoy the culinary adventure!

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