Meatball Parmesan – traditional meatballs smothered in a delicious marinara sauce and topped with Mozzarella and Parmesan cheese. Beautiful and delicious.
Yesterday morning hubs came to me and said we should go visit my sister, since he had to drop something off. Well that’s all I needed to hear. My sister and her family live at the north end of the city and we live at the sound end, so it’s about an hour drive. I could not go empty handed. Many times I send hubs on trips over there to take some cake or something I’ve made, you see my brother in law will eat just about anything. So I decided to make a chocolate and white cake which I will share the recipe later, and some meatballs because I knew my sister was going to set up dinner for us as she usually does.
You have to understand meatballs are pretty much a staple at our house. I make them often and I make them many different ways. We simply love our meatballs. I decided to make meatballs only with ground pork, since my brother in law can’t eat beef, so luckily I had some really nice ground pork which hubs had bought to make some cabbage rolls, but that never happened. As far as the recipe for the meatballs, it’s pretty much my generic meatballs recipe I use all the time, a couple eggs, some breadcrumbs, salt and pepper, an onion and some herbs. You can’t go wrong with meatballs.
Since we’ve been on a health kick lately, I baked these meatballs. It seems like whenever we’re on a health kick that’s when all I want to do is bake cakes and make things I cannot/should not eat. How does that make sense?
But anyway these meatballs are great baked, because most of the fat from the meat is left in the pan and you end up with somewhat lean meatballs. But don’t worry about them being dry or anything, because I smothered them with this beautiful (store bought) marinara sauce I had and a bit of mozzarella cheese and Parmesan cheese.
They were moist, full of delicious flavor and were gone just as quickly as I brought them over there. We served them with some roasted potatoes and a nice green salad. Everyone was happy and their bellies full.
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Meatball Parmesan - traditional meatballs smothered in a delicious marinara sauce and topped with Mozzarella and Parmesan cheese. Beautiful and delicious.
Preheat oven to 375 F degrees. Spray a baking sheet with cooking oil.
In a large bowl add ground pork, onion, eggs, breadcrumbs, oregano, basil and season with salt and pepper. Mix everything with your hands and form into 24 big meatballs. There should be enough for 24 meatballs. Place meatballs onto the baking sheet and place in the oven. Bake for about 45 minutes or until meatballs are cooked through.
Pour half a cup of marinara sauce onto the bottom of a skillet. Arrange the meatballs in the skillet, they and top each meatball with some of the remaining marinara sauce. Cook on medium heat for about 5 minutes or until sauce is bubbly.
Sprinkle meatballs with mozzarella and Parmesan cheese and place in the oven for another 5 minutes or until the cheese melts. Garnish with some extra basil if preferred.
This recipe yields 24 meatballs, nutritional information is per meatball.
Please keep in mind that nutritional information is a rough estimate and can vary greatly based on products used.