Spicy meatballs and marinara is the perfect italian recipe to go with pasta or to make meatball subs. It's even great to eat on it's own with a salad! via firsthomelovelife.com
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Spicy Meatballs & Marinara

Spicy meatballs and marinara is the perfect italian recipe to go with pasta or to make meatball subs. It's even great to eat on it's own with a salad!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: Italian, Pasta
Servings: 15 meatballs

Ingredients

For the meatballs...

  • 1/2 lb. ground beef
  • 1/2 lb. ground pork
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon each dried basil, dried oregano, garlic powder, cayenne pepper, and red pepper flakes
  • salt and pepper to taste

For the marinara...

  • 2 28 oz. cans tomato sauce
  • 1 16 oz. can diced tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 yellow onion diced
  • 3-4 cloves garlic minced
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil leaves *I just tear them and let them wilt into sauce but you can chop it if you prefer

Instructions

  • Add all of you ingredients for the meatballs into a large bowl and mix everything together (by hand preferably) Don't over mix. Just enough until everything is evenly combined.
  • Use and ice cream scoop to portion out meatballs and roll them in your hands.
  • Heat up some oil in a skillet and brown your meatballs. Don't worry about cooking them through. They'll finish in the sauce.
  • In a large pot, add in some olive oil and cook your onions until soft. Add in your garlic and cook for a few minutes.
  • Add in sauce, paste, diced tomatoes and seasonings and stir together. Add in the meatballs. Cook on medium-low for 30 minutes. (Simmer)
  • At the very end of cooking, add in your fresh basil and stir so it wilts.
  • Serve immediately or let cool completely and store in a sealed container in the fridge or freezer.