If you are looking for a warming comfort food recipe which is pretty healthy too, look no further. This Italian Baked Meatballs dish will have you drooling before you even get it to the table.
I usually try and reduce sugar and carbohydrates from my meals. But, I must admit a lovely slice of crusty bread dunked in this tomato sauce would be heavenly… perhaps I’ll keep that for a treat day!
Italian Baked Meatballs
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 12 raw beef meatballs
- 1 pinch cayenne pepper
- 1/2 tsp paprika
- 1 pinch salt
- 1 onion
- 3 garlic cloves
- 1 carrot
- 1 tbsp capers
- 1 tin chopped tomatoes
- 2 mozzarella balls
- ground black pepper to taste
- Heat a large frying pan over high heat and add the oil
- Add the meatballs to the pan to brown all over shaking the pan occasionally to prevent them from sticking
- Sprinkle Cayenne, paprika, and salt over the meatballs and give them a shake and then turn the heat down to low-medium
- Grate the carrot and chop the onion and garlic finely and add to the pan with the meatballs and cook until translucent
- Add the capers and the chopped tomatoes to the pan and stir to combine
- Pre-heat the oven to 180C/355f
- Transfer the meatballs to an ovenproof dish
- Cut or grate the Mozzarella cheese and arrange on top of the meatballs
- Bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes until the cheese is fully melted and gooey
- Serve immediately with your favorite vegetables
So, Baked Meatballs are officially my new favorite! I hope you love them too! Please leave a comment and a picture of yours if you tried the recipe, and pin it for your friends to see too!
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