Mama's Spicy Meatballs with Fresh Tomato Sauce

Mama's Spicy Meatballs with Fresh Tomato Sauce
Photo: Andy Lyons
Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Bake Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
40 mins


  • Nonstick cooking spray

  • ¼ cup chili sauce

  • ¼ cup seasoned fine dry bread crumbs

  • 2 tablespoon finely chopped onion

  • 1 tablespoon grated Parmesan or Romano cheese

  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped, drained pepperoncini salad pepper

  • 1 ½ teaspoon fennel seeds, crushed

  • 1 pound extra-lean ground pork

  • 1 recipe Fresh Tomato Sauce

  • 3 cup hot cooked broken lasagna noodles

Fresh Tomato Sauce

  • cup finely chopped onion (1 small)

  • 4 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil

  • 3 cup peeled, seeded, and chopped roma tomatoes or one 28-ounce can whole peeled roma tomatoes, drained and chopped

  • ½ cup dry red wine

  • 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper


  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

  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 (per serving)

304 Calories
7g Fat
36g Carbs
23g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 304
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 7g 9%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 45mg 15%
Sodium 520mg 23%
Total Carbohydrate 36g 13%
Total Sugars 12g
Protein 23g
Vitamin C 7mg 35%
Calcium 71mg 5%
Iron 3mg 17%
Potassium 209mg 4%
Folate, total 60mcg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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