Quick, easy homemade protein packed meatballs that make a GREAT meal prep!
Make these protein gems in 30 minute or less!! To with your favorite marinara sauce!
Full recipe in video below
1 lb. 96% ground beef
¾ cup breadcrumbs
¼ cup milk
1 large egg
1 tablespoon garlic, finely chopped
½ cup fresh parsley, finely chopped
¼ cup Parmesan cheese, freshly grated
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
1 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon ground black pepper
For the tomato sauce (optional or use jarred):
½ cup onion, finely chopped
1 tablespoon garlic, minced
1 (15 oz.) can crushed tomatoes (2 cups)
¼ cup tomato paste
3-4 bay leaves
½ teaspoon salt (or to taste)
½ teaspoon ground black pepper (or to taste)
In a large mixing bowl, combine beef with breadcrumbs, milk, egg, garlic, parsley, Parmesan, Italian seasoning, salt and pepper. Mix well and form the mixture into a uniform consistency.
Take 2 spoonfuls of the beef mixture at a time and roll them into meatballs. Set aside.
Heat a large skillet or shallow saucepan over medium-high heat- spray with nonstick cooing spray. Slowly add the meatballs and gently stir to cook until browned on all sides, about 6 to 8 minutes. Make sure to stir gently to prevent meatballs from disintegrating. Transfer the meatballs to a plate and set aside (Note that the meatballs are not fully cooked at this point). You can also cook them in the oven at 400 for 5-20 minutes.
IF MAKING SAUCE: In the same skillet, add onion and garlic and sauté until fragrant, about 1 minute. Stir in crushed tomatoes, tomato paste and bay leaves, and season with salt and pepper.
Return the meatballs to the skillet and bring the sauce mixture to a simmer over medium heat, stirring occasionally. Cover the lid and let it simmer for 8-10 minutes until the meatballs are fully cooked.
**not including sauce**
Recipe inspiration from aheadofthyme.com