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spicy ricotta meatballs in tomato sauce
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Spicy Ricotta Meatballs in Tomato Sauce

Spicy Ricotta Meatballs in Tomato Sauce – not just your regular meatballs, these meatballs have a few secret ingredients! Check the recipe to find out. 
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time1 hr 10 mins
Total Time1 hr 40 mins
Course: Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: meatball recipe, ricotta meatballs
Servings: 8
Calories: 440kcal

Ingredients

For Meatballs

  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 1 lb Italian sausage spicy
  • 1 medium onion finely chopped
  • 5 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup ricotta cheese
  • 2/3 cup cornflakes breadcrumbs regular breadcrumbs work as well
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 cup parsley chopped

For Tamato Sauce

  • 26 oz crushed tomatoes (1 can) about 3 cups
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 5 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375 F degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Mix all the meatballs ingredients together in a large bowl. Shape the mixture into meatballs, I ended up with about 50 meatballs. Place all the meatballs onto the baking sheet.
  • Bake for about 35 to 45 minutes or until meatballs are done and browned.
  • For the sauce, add the crushed tomatoes, water, onion and garlic to a blender and blend until smooth. Pour the sauce in a sauce pan and bring to a boil over medium heat. Add brown sugar and heavy cream and continue to simmer for 20 minutes.
  • Add the meatballs to the sauce, or pour the sauce over the meatballs in a large bowl and serve over spaghetti, or mashed potatoes.

Nutrition

Calories: 440kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 29g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Cholesterol: 127mg | Sodium: 895mg | Potassium: 710mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 673IU | Vitamin C: 15mg | Calcium: 107mg | Iron: 4mg