Sun-dried Tomato Meatballs Recipe: Meatballs in a Sun-dried Tomato Sauce With Fresh Mozzarella by Donna John

Beef Pork Dinner
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Sun-dried Tomato Meatballs Recipe: Meatballs in a Sun-dried Tomato Sauce With Fresh Mozzarella

Sun-dried tomatoes pack so much flavor into these moist meatballs. If you only use half the jar of sun-dried tomatoes for your meatballs, save the other half to use in another recipe or throw them into a spring mix salad or pasta salad. 

You'll need:

Meatballs

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 pound ground pork
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup fresh bread crumbs (I grated 2 slices of bread)
  • 1/2 - 1 jar (7.5 ounces) sun-dried tomatoes in oil, chopped (reserve the oil)
  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 4 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon fresh chopped oregano
  • 1 tablespoon fresh chopped basil

Sun-dried Tomato Sauce

  • 1 jar of your favorite spaghetti sauce
  • 1 - 2 tablespoons reserved sun-dried tomato oil
  • fresh mozzarella cheese balls

Here’s how to make it:

  1. Combine the ground meats, egg, bread crumbs, chopped sun-dried tomatoes, garlic, tomato paste, Parmesan cheese, oregano, basil, salt and pepper. Mix well. Shape into meatballs.
  2. Heat about 1 tablespoon of the reserved sun-dried tomato oil in a skillet. Cook the meatballs until well browned on all sides. Remove meatballs and drain fat from the pan.
  3. Add the spaghetti sauce and 1 to 2 tablespoons of the reserved sun-dried tomato oil. Put the meatballs back into the skillet. Simmer on low until meatballs are cooked through, about 15-20 minutes.
  4. Top with the fresh mozzarella and cook until melted, or pop under the broiler for a few minutes. Serve over hot pasta or zoodles with additional grated Parmesan cheese.

Note: This recipe makes a lot of meatballs, so freeze some for another time. Freeze them in muffin tins then pop out and put into a plastic freezer bag.

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Meredith Schneider
Mmmmm! Looks and sounds delicious! Awesome pictures! xox
Elisa A. Schmitz 30Seconds
Oh my! Amazing recipe and I love your step-by-step photos!! Thanks for being awesome, Donna John !! ❤️

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