Mama's Spicy Meatballs

Marvelous pork meatballs seasoned with chili sauce and cherry peppers -- and served with hot cooked noodles -- add up to a stick-to-the-ribs entree. Complete the menu with fresh spinach salad.

Mama's Spicy Meatballs
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Makes:
6 servings
Prep:
20 mins
Bake:
20 mins 350°F
Cook:
20 mins (sauce)
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Mama's Spicy Meatballs

Ingredients
 
Nonstick cooking spray
1/4
cup chili sauce
1/4
cup seasoned fine dry bread crumbs
2
tablespoons finely chopped onion
1
tablespoon grated Parmesan or Romano cheese
1
tablespoon finely chopped, drained pepperoncini salad pepper
1 1/2
teaspoons fennel seeds, crushed
1
pound extra-lean ground pork
1
recipe Fresh Tomato Sauce
3
cups hot cooked broken lasagna noodles

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly coat a 15x10x1-inch baking pan with cooking spray; set aside. In a large bowl combine chili sauce, bread crumbs, onion, cheese, pepperoncini pepper, and fennel seeds. Add pork. Mix well. Shape into 36 meatballs. Place in prepared pan.
  2. Bake, uncovered, for 20 to 25 minutes or until browned and cooked through. Remove from oven; drain off fat.
  3. Add baked meatballs to warm Fresh Tomato Sauce; heat through. Serve over hot lasagna noodles.

Fresh Tomato Sauce

Ingredients

1/3
cup finely chopped onion (1 small)
4
cloves garlic, minced
1
tablespoon vegetable oil
3
cups peeled, seeded, and chopped roma tomatoes or one 28-ounce can whole peeled roma tomatoes, drained and chopped
1/2
cup dry red wine
1
teaspoons balsamic vinegar
1/2
teaspoon salt
1/2
teaspoon ground black pepper

Directions

  1. In a large saucepan cook onion and garlic in hot oil over medium heat for 3 to 5 minutes or until onion is tender, stirring occasionally. Stir in tomatoes, red wine, balsamic vinegar, salt, and pepper. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, for 20 to 25 minutes or until sauce is slightly thickened, stirring occasionally.

Nutrition Facts

(Mama's Spicy Meatballs )
    Per serving:
  • 304 kcal cal.,
  • 7 g fat
  • (2 g sat. fat,
  • 1 g polyunsaturated fat,
  • 3 g monounsatured fat),
  • 45 mg chol.,
  • 520 mg sodium,
  • 36 g carb.,
  • 4 g fiber,
  • 12 g sugar,
  • 23 g pro.
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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