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Meatball Sub!

Meatball Sub
Meatball Sub
This past weekend, I had to house to myself. This typically allows me to just cook what sounds good in the moment, without having to worry it something that the kids will eat. I decided to take my meatball recipe and my quick tomato sauce recipe, and turn it in to a meatball sub! Be sure to check out the post on Spaghetti and Meatballs to find some ideas for the kiddos!

Here are the recipes!

For the Meatball Sub

One Recipe for Quick Tomato Sauce
One Recipe for Meatballs
Loaf of Italian Bread
Parmesan Cheese

Cut the bread to size and split down the middle. Cut the meatballs in half and line them up inside the bread. Top the meatballs with tomato sauce and Parmesan cheese. Enjoy!

Quick Tomato Sauce

Olive Oil
1/2 onion - diced
4 garlic cloves - minced
1 14.5 oz can diced tomatoes
1 Tbsp sugar
Tsp oregano
Tsp parsley
salt and pepper
spinach (optional)
crushed red pepper flakes (optional)
1/4 Cup red wine (optional)

In a sauce pan, heat olive oil. Saute the onions and garlic with salt and pepper over medium-high heat. When the onions turn translucent, reduce the heat. Add the canned tomatoes, oregano, parsley, and sugar. The sugar will help to counteract the acidity in the tomatoes. I like to add it, but it is optional. I also like to shake in some crushed red pepper, but it depends on who is eating with me. Cook for about thirty minutes. To sneak in some extra vitamins for the kids, you can throw in a handful of spinach leaves. Put the sauce in a food processor, or use an immersion blender if you have one, and blend until smooth.

Italian Style Meatballs

1 lb ground beef
1 egg
1/2 cup Italian bread crumbs (I make my own. Look for the recipe below.)
1/2 cup Italian cheese
1 tsp oregano
1 tsp parsley
salt and pepper

The meatballs are super easy to make. Add all of the ingredients to a bowl. Add in a few drops of water. Mix together with you hands. This is the most effective way. When the ingredients are well mixed, roll out the meatballs and place on a sheet pan. Make sure the meatballs are not any bigger than about 2 inches to make sure they will cook through. Please the sheet pan under the broiler and cook until the meatballs are browned. Flip the meatballs over and cook until brown.


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