Homemade Meatballs In Tomato Sauce


By Cooking Panda

Don’t forget to pick up a bottle of Fabio Viviani’s Signature Wines!


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup yellow onion, minced
  • 1/4 cup basil, chopped
  • 1/2 cup parsley, chopped
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 cup Grana Padano cheese, grated
  • 1 pound ricotta cheese, the drier the better
  • 2 pounds ground beef, 80/20
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 – 3 cups homemade tomato sauce, for serving
  • Directions

    1) Pre-heat oven to 350 degree Fahrenheit.

    2) Preheat a sauté pan, and sauté the garlic and onions until they are translucent.

    3) Mix all of the ingredients to uniform mass and test the meat for seasoning. Shape the meatball how you see fit. We suggest a 3 to 4 ounce ball.

    4) Place meatballs in a large deep sauté pan. Pour in tomato sauce and heat the pan on medium heat. Cook them for about 25 to 30 minutes on a low simmer with the lid.

    Tags: dinner, Fabio Viviani, italian, meatballs, recipes, Tomato Sauce
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    It looks like IKEA has fully embraced the fact that many of its customers visit stores solely for the delicious meatballs. Those meatballs, people, are GOING ON WHEELS.

    The furniture giant announced that the #TogetherWeEat food truck will visit Chicago and New York City in July bearing free meatballs and other wonderful treats.

    #TogetherWeEat is an IKEA campaign celebrating how food brings people together. Visitors to the limited-time truck will be graced with three meatball creations made of chicken, veggies and Swedish meatball ingredients. They’ll then be able to enjoy their free snacks at pop-up seating areas featuring IKEA furniture, furnishings and games. 

    “At IKEA, we understand the great power of food in bringing loved ones together,” said #TogetherWeEat project leader Lisa Hajra.

    “Simply being together to talk, share, discuss and laugh over a delicious meal is just as important as the food itself, which is why this year, we’re celebrating all the ways in which food connects people.”

    The food truck comes off the heels of IKEA’s “Together, We Eat” contest in late 2015, which searched for the best stories behind family recipes and traditions that celebrate bonding over food.

    Fortunately for meatball fans, customers can likely expect the retailer’s food ventures to continue growing. IKEA’s U.S. President Lars Petersson said in recent months that “food is becoming a core business” for the company, according to The Washington Post.

    Catch the food truck at Wicker Park Fest in Chicago on July 23 and 24, or grab your meatballs on wheels at the Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival in Brooklyn on July 30. Read up on all things truck-related here.

    Sources: IKEA, The Washington Post / Photo credit: Karl Baron/Flickr

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    Looking for a great new party snack that’s perfect for any occasion? Look now further than these delicious jalapeño popper-stuffed buffalo chicken meatballs. These creative snacks combine two party favorites and turn them into a tasty meatball like nothing you’ve had before.

    Starting with a ground chicken base that includes carrots and celery, the base is spread flat and a mixture of jalapeños, cream cheese, cheddar cheese and bacon is rolled in a ball and placed in the middle. 

    The chicken base is wrapped around the jalapeño popper ball and baked in the oven until golden brown. Finally, the baked meatballs are tossed in buffalo sauce and garnished with ranch dressing. 

    The end result? An amazing meatball that will surely be the hit of your next party.


    1 pound ground chicken

    1 large egg

    1/3 cup onion, finely minced

    1/3 cup celery, finely minced

    1/3 cup carrot, finely minced

    1 clove garlic, chopped

    1/2 cup panko crumbs

    salt and pepper to taste

    4 ounces cream cheese, room temperature

    1/2 cup cheddar cheese, shredded

    2 tablespoons jalapenos, diced

    2 tablespoons bacon, cooked and crumbled

    1/3 cup buffalo hot sauce


    1. Mix the ground chicken, egg, onion, celery, carrot, garlic, breadcrumbs, salt and pepper.

    2. Mix the cream cheese, cheddar cheese, jalapenos and bacon.

    3. Roll the chicken mixture into balls, one tablespoon at a time, flatten them, placing one teaspoon of the cheese mixture into the centres of the chicken patties, wrapping the them around the filling and placing them on a baking sheet.

    4. Bake in a preheated 400F/200C oven until cooked and lightly golden brown, about 20 minutes.

    5. Toss the meatballs in the buffalo hot sauce and enjoy!

    Option: Serve topped with or dipped into ranch or blue cheese dressing.

    Option: Add 1-2 tablespoons crumbled blue cheese to the filling mixture.

    Option: Coat in panko breadcrumbs and fry in oil until golden brown and crispy for the ultimate experience!

    Option: Transfer to a slow cooker on the keep warm setting to keep them warm until the game.

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