Braised meatballs

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Braised meatballs

A hearty entree that combines three meats and a luscious home made sauce
Servings 6 servings
Prep Time 40 mins
Cook Time 2 hrs
Total Time 3 hrs 10 mins



Ingredients for the meatballs

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 lb combined ground pork and round chicken
  • 3/4 cup breadcrumbs
  • 3/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3-4 sprigs of parsley, chopped
  • 2 eggs
  • salt & pepper to taste

Ingredients for the home made sauce

  • 6 lb tomatoes (I used a combination of plum, or San Marzano, and heirloom)
  • 1/2 cup chopped white onion
  • 1 small bunch of fresh basil, chopped
  • 3 anchovies, drained of the oil
  • 2 tbsp olive oil to coat the saucepan
  • salt & pepper to taste


Instructions for the tomato sauce

  • Gather your ingredients
    ingredients gathered on a dish
  • Wash the tomatoes, halve them, squeeze them and chop them
    6 lb tomatoes
  • In a large saucepan, heat the oil at medium heat and sautee the onion and the anchovies
    1/2 cup chopped white onion, 3 anchovies, drained of the oil, 2 tbsp olive oil to coat the saucepan
    onion and anchovy in a large saucepan
  • Cook till the anchovies have dissolved, making sure to keep stirring to prevent sticking or burning 
    onion being sauteed
  • Add the tomatoes, basil and a couple of dashes of salt and a little pepper. Cook on simmer for about 1 hour to 1 hour and 30 minutes 
    salt & pepper to taste
    cubed tomatoes and basil in a large saucepan
  • Blend the sauce with an immersion blender or a blender. Use the sauce immediately with the meatballs. You may place the unused sauce in jars. It will freeze well.  
    tomato sauce being blended in the pot with an immersion blender

Instructions for the meatballs

  • Gather your ingredients
    ingredients gathered on parchment covered tray
  • Remove the meat from the fridge a half hour prior to making the meatballs and bring to room temperature. Preheat the oven @ 375 degrees. In a large bowl combine the meat with the other ingredients. Mix to combine. 
    1 lb ground beef, 1 lb combined ground pork and round chicken, 3/4 cup breadcrumbs, 3/4 cup grated parmesan cheese, 4 garlic cloves, minced, 3-4 sprigs of parsley, chopped, 2 eggs, salt & pepper to taste, 1 small bunch of fresh basil, chopped, salt & pepper to taste
    raw ingredients in a mixing bowl
  • Form balls the size of a golf ball and place on an ungreased baking sheet 
    raw meatballs on a sheet pan
  • Place in the oven and cook for about 20 minutes or until browned on the outside 
    meatballs browned in the oven
  • Remove the meatballs from the oven and place in the saucepan with the tomato sauce. Cook for an additional 30 minutes or even a little longer for a deeper flavor 
    meatballs cooking with the sauce in a large saucepan
Author: Rebecca
Calories: 562kcal
Cost: $$
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Italian
Keyword: baked meatballs, braised meatballs, food for gathering, hearthy dinner, homemade meatballs, homemade sauce, homemade tomato sauce, meatballs


Calories: 562kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 39g | Fat: 33g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 169mg | Sodium: 431mg | Potassium: 1341mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 3966IU | Vitamin C: 62mg | Calcium: 231mg | Iron: 4mg

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