My family loves meat. We are 100% total meat eaters and you would be hard pressed to find another family who loves meat as much as we do. Half of us also love fruits and veggies, so I think it evens it out. In fact! Charlie can not even fathom a meal without meat, he even puts bacon on his grilled cheese (which is really good BTW). I am always on the look out for different ways to prepare the same old chub'o'burger that I buy at the store and always have on hand in the freezer at a moments notice (that reminds me, add chub'o'burger to my shopping list...)
I came across this meal while trying to figure out what I would make for dinner for the #5 blog post. These meatballs looked too delicious to pass up, and trust me, I looked through A LOT of meatball pins...
This is the recipe folks. It's to die for! And it's healthy! *GASP!* The recipe calls for a lot of dried herbs, which is great if you are on a budget or don't have a garden, but dollar for dollar, fresh just tastes better. I have a tiny little garden on the balcony, that's pretty much taken over my balcony, except for the BBQ, where I grow all sorts of lovely things to eat... I guess I'm going to have to dedicate a week of the blog on how to grow your own sustainable herb garden now.
Anyway, I digress. The recipe calls for dried, yada yada yada, I prefer fresh. Either will work. *NOTE* if you ARE using fresh, you'll need a bit more as the dried variety shrinks down and has a more concentrated flavor, but I don't think you can really ever use too much fresh herbs (well, maybe in SOME cases...). I tweaked this a bit, as I make a lot of Italian food and have my own favorite marinara. My recipe is below, the original can be found up top.
This recipe calls for mint and I know what you're thinking, but really the mint just adds a nice freshness to it and does not whatsoever taste like a stick of double mint gum, I promise.
You will need;
- 1 large can crushed tomatoes
- 1 large can (or 2 mediums) tomato sauce
- 1 generous ribbon of concentrated tomato paste in the tube (or one small can)
- 1 medium yellow onion
- 3-4 cloves garlic
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- salt and pepper (probably more than you think, so taste and adjust)
- a good handful of fresh herbs (rosemary, oregano, thyme, parsley, basil and mint - what I used from my garden) if you use dried, a heavy palm full of any combination of the above herbs will do, or a palm full of "Italian seasoning" works too. You will need to taste the sauce about 30 minutes in and adjust the flavor to your liking.
- 1 lb lean hamburger meat
- 1 egg
- 1/3 cup plain breadcrumbs (I ALWAYS use plain so I can season as I need for whatever I will be making. It's also really easy to make your own with old bread, a toaster and a blender.)
- 5 or 6 fresh spearmint leaves, minced
- 5 or 6 fresh basil leaves, minced
- 2 sprigs of oregano, minced
- 2 sprigs of rosemary, minced
- 2 sprigs of thyme, minced
- a handful of parsley, chopped (for garnish, optional)
- salt and pepper
- parmigiano reggiano cheese (for garinsh and amazingness, optional but who wouldn't?)
Prepare your favorite noodle according the package directions and your prefrence to how "al dente" you like it.
Serve the meatballs and sauce on top of your pasta, garnish with cheese (optional, but come on!) and sprinkle with fresh parsley (because I love that delicate grassy flavor) or dried for mostly effect.