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How to Make Meatballs

You don't have to be a top chef to make meatballs. Just follow the steps in this recipe, and you'll have the perfect pasta accompaniment in no time.


  • Step 1: Beat egg Lightly beat the egg.
  • Step 2: Make bread crumbs Tear the roll into pieces and pulse it in the food processor until you have fine breadcrumbs. Then toss them in the bowl with 1/3 cup water.
  • TIP: Substitute bread crumbs if you prefer.
  • Step 3: Add ingredients Add the ground beef, egg, 1 teaspoon of the garlic, 2 teaspoons salt, 1/4 teaspoon pepper, and 3/4 teaspoon of the oregano, mixing until everything is combined. Then form the mixture into meatballs.
  • Step 4: Brown meatballs Heat the oil in a heavy pot over medium-high heat, swirling it around to coat the pot. Then add the meatballs, cooking them until they're browned, and turning them occasionally.
  • Step 5: Make sauce Break up the whole tomatoes and add them, with the crushed tomatoes, to the pot. Add the remaining garlic and oregano, along with a pinch of sugar, and season the sauce with salt and pepper.
  • Step 6: Cook meatballs and sauce Bring the sauce to a boil, and then reduce the heat for a rapid simmer. Cook the meatballs in the sauce for 15 minutes, until they're cooked through. Enjoy over the pasta of your choice.
  • FACT: According to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, over a 20-year period, the average portion size for spaghetti and meatballs went from 1 cup spaghetti with sauce and three small meatballs to 2 cups spaghetti with sauce and three large meatballs -- a difference of 525 calories.

You Will Need

  • Egg
  • Sandwich roll
  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 2 tsp. minced garlic
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 1 3/4 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1 tsp. olive oil
  • 28 oz. crushed canned tomatoes
  • 15 oz. whole
  • peeled canned tomatoes
  • Sugar
  • Food processor
  • 1/2 c. bread crumbs (optional)

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