Sunday, March 15, 2009

Kim's Meatballs in Marinara

Kim's Meatballs in Marinara
Courtesy of my little creative brain!

1 poound ground beef (I used 90/10)
1/3 cup dried whole wheat breadcrumbs
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
3/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
1/4 cup parmesan cheese (I used shredded)
1/2 package frozen spinach
1 egg
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 jar marinara sauce (I used Classico Mushroom and Ripe Olive sauce)

Defrost the spinach, and squeeze out all the liquid. Mix the spinach, ground beef, breadcrumbs, salt, pepper, garlic powder, Italian seasoning, and parmesan in a large bowl. Form into meatballs, I used a cookie soup to form mine.

Heat the oil in a pan, and brown the meatballs on all sides. Remove the meatballs from the pan. You may have to brown them in batches depending on the size of your pan. I didn't worry about them being completely done in the middle because they will simmer for a while in the sauce.

Once the meatballs are removed, add the marinara sauce and a little water. I usually put the water in the jar of the marinara sauce and make sure to get everything out of the jar. Heat the sauce a little bit and the add the meatballs back to the pan. Cover and simmer for about 15 minutes.

I will eat these without pasta, but you can certainly serve them over your favorite pasta noodles.
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