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Hearty Italian Meatballs

Perfect for spaghetti or meatball sandwiches, our hearty Italian meatballs are made with homemade marinara sauce, Italian pork sausage and ground beef. Ready to serve in 1 hour.

Prep Time

    •    Prep time: 30 minutes
    •    Cook time: 60 minutes
    •    Yield: Serves 8



    •    1 egg
    •    1 tsp salt
    •    1/3 cup milk
    •    1 tsp pepper
    •    1 tsp olive oil
    •    1 lb ground beef
    •    1 tsp dried basil leaves
    •    1/2 tsp dried oregano leaves
    •    1 lb bulk Italian pork sausage
    •    2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
    •    1 large onion, finely chopped (1 cup)
    •    1/2 cup Progresso™ Italian style bread crumbs

Marinara sauce:

    •    1 tsp salt
    •    1 tsp olive oil
    •    1 tbsp tomato paste
    •    1 clove garlic, finely chopped
    •    1 medium onion, chopped (1/2 cup)
    •    1 can (28 oz) Muir Glen™ organic whole tomatoes with basil, undrained


  1. Heat oven to 350°F. In small skillet, heat 1 teaspoon oil over medium heat. Cook 1 cup onion in oil, stirring occasionally, until tender. Remove from heat; cool.

  2. In large bowl, mix onion and remaining meatball ingredients just until combined. Shape into tablespoon-size meatballs. Place in ungreased 15x10x1-inch pan.

  3. Bake uncovered 15 to 20 minutes or until no longer pink in center and meat thermometer inserted in center of meatball reads 160°F.

  4. Meanwhile, in Dutch oven or large saucepan, heat oil over medium heat. Cook 1/2 cup onion in oil, stirring occasionally, until tender. Add garlic; cook 1 to 2 minutes longer. Add tomatoes, tomato paste and salt. Cook 5 minutes, breaking up tomatoes.

  5. Add cooked meatballs to sauce. Simmer 10 to 15 minutes, stirring occasionally, until sauce is thickened.

This great family recipe is thanks to Betty Crocker Recipes at


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