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Easy Meatballs in Tomato Sauce Recipe

Written by: Emily Smith

Whipping up my easy meatballs in tomato sauce tonight. Juicy beef, aromatic herbs, all simmered in a rich tomato sauce. Perfect comfort food, can't wait to dig in!

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Looking for an easy, hearty dinner? I've got just the ticket - my fail-safe meatballs in tomato sauce recipe. Imagine: juicy, tender meatballs soaked in rich, herby tomato sauce. Makes your mouth water, doesn't it? Perfect for family dinners or a cozy night in. You'll love the simplicity and deliciousness of this dish. So, ready to turn your kitchen into an Italian trattoria? Let's get started.

Ingredients for Delicious Meatballs in Tomato Sauce

  • Ground beef: Essential for meatballs, provides flavor and texture, a staple ingredient for a classic and hearty dish.
  • Breadcrumbs: Bind the meatballs together, absorb moisture, and add texture, ensuring the meatballs hold their shape and are tender.
  • Parmesan cheese: Adds a rich, savory flavor to the meatballs, enhancing the overall taste and providing a hint of umami.
  • Egg: Acts as a binder, helping to hold the meatball mixture together and giving the meatballs a tender texture.
  • Garlic powder: Infuses the meatballs with a delicious garlic flavor, adding depth and complexity to the dish.
  • Onion powder: Provides a subtle onion flavor to the meatballs, enhancing the overall taste without overpowering other ingredients.
  • Olive oil: Used for browning the meatballs and adding flavor to the sauce, it brings a rich and savory element to the dish.
  • Crushed tomatoes: Form the base of the tomato sauce, adding a tangy sweetness and vibrant color to the dish.
  • Dried oregano: Adds a warm, earthy flavor to the tomato sauce, complementing the meatballs and enhancing the overall taste.
  • Dried basil: Infuses the tomato sauce with a fresh, herbaceous flavor, elevating the dish with its aromatic and slightly sweet notes.

Essential Tools and Equipment

  • Mixing bowl: Essential for combining meatball ingredients evenly without overmixing, ensuring a tender texture.
  • Skillet: Used to brown the meatballs and simmer them in the tomato sauce, adding flavor and creating a delicious crust.

Serves: 4 people

Preparation time: 15 minutes

Cooking time: 30 minutes

Total time: 45 minutes


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 can (14 oz) crushed tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil


  1. In a bowl, mix together the ground beef, breadcrumbs, Parmesan cheese, egg, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and pepper. Form into meatballs.
  2. Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Brown the meatballs on all sides.
  3. Add crushed tomatoes, oregano, and basil to the skillet. Cover and simmer for 20 minutes, or until meatballs are cooked through.
  4. Serve hot over pasta or with crusty bread.

Nutritional value:

Per Serving in Calories: 380 kcal | Carbohydrates: 15 g | Protein: 25 g | Total Fat: 24 g | Saturated Fat: 8 g | Trans Fat: 1 g | Monounsaturated Fat: 10 g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3 g | Cholesterol: 110 mg | Sodium: 680 mg | Dietary Fiber: 3 g | Sugar: 6 g | Calcium: 150 mg | Potassium: 600 mg | Iron: 4 mg | Vitamin A: 200 µg | Vitamin C: 15 mg

Tips for Making Meatballs Ahead of Time and Freezing

Make Ahead Instructions

  • Prepare the meatballs as per the recipe.
  • Instead of cooking them in the sauce, place the uncooked meatballs on a baking sheet and freeze until solid.
  • Transfer the frozen meatballs to a freezer-safe bag or container.
  • When ready to eat, thaw the meatballs in the refrigerator overnight.
  • Cook the meatballs in the tomato sauce as directed in the recipe.

Freezing Instructions

  • Allow the cooked meatballs and sauce to cool completely.
  • Place them in a freezer-safe container or bag.
  • Label with the date and freeze for up to 3 months.
  • To reheat, thaw overnight in the refrigerator and warm on the stovetop or in the microwave.

When making these meatballs, try adding a splash of balsamic vinegar to the tomato sauce for a subtle tangy flavor that complements the richness of the meat.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does it take to make these meatballs in tomato sauce?
It takes about 30 minutes to make these meatballs in tomato sauce from start to finish.
Can I use ground turkey instead of ground beef for this recipe?
Yes, you can substitute ground turkey for ground beef in this recipe for a lighter option.
Are these meatballs spicy?
These meatballs are not spicy, but you can add red pepper flakes if you prefer a bit of heat.
Can I freeze the meatballs in tomato sauce?
Yes, you can freeze the meatballs in tomato sauce. Just let them cool completely before transferring to a freezer-safe container.
What can I serve with these meatballs?
These meatballs are delicious served over pasta, with crusty bread, or even on their own as an appetizer.

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