Spicy Tomato Meatballs

Spicy Tomato Meatballs 150 Author: Canadian Living Credits: Spicy Tomato Meatballs 150

Italian flavours team up in this easy make-ahead appetizer.

  • Portion size 14 servings


  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup dry bread crumbs
  • 1 onion grated
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon each salt and pepper
  • 1 lb lean ground pork
  • 1 lb lean ground beef
Spicy Tomato Sauce:
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon hot pepper flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon each salt and pepper
  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 can tomatoes pureed
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 teaspoon wine vinegar


In large bowl, combine eggs, bread crumbs, onion, garlic, Parmesan, oregano, salt and pepper; mix in pork and beef. Shape by 1 tbsp (15 mL) into balls. Bake on foil-lined baking sheets in 400°F (200°C) oven until digital thermometer inserted into several registers 160°F (71°C), about 15 minutes.

Spicy Tomato Sauce: Meanwhile, in large saucepan, heat oil over medium heat; cook onion, garlic, basil, oregano, hot pepper flakes, sugar, salt and pepper until softened, about 3 minutes. Add tomato paste; cook, stirring, until darkened, about 1 minute.

Add tomatoes and bring to boil; reduce heat and simmer until thickened, about 12 minutes. Stir in parsley and vinegar. Add meatballs, turning to coat. Simmer, stirring gently, until hot, about 10 minutes. (Make-ahead: Let cool. Freeze in airtight container for up to 3 weeks; thaw in refrigerator.)
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Spicy Tomato Meatballs