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Italian Meatballs In Tomato Sauce

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Ingredients
  Olive oil/Canola oil 1 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Garlic 2 Clove (10 gm), finely chopped
  Celery stalks 2 , finely chopped
  Lean ground beef 8 Ounce
  Lean ground pork/Turkey 8 Ounce
  Fresh bread crumbs 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  Egg white 1
  Dried oregano 1⁄4 Teaspoon
  Basil 1⁄4 Teaspoon
  Vegetable cooking oil spray 1
  Canned crushed tomatoes 28 Ounce (1 Can)
  Onions 2 , finely chopped
  Tomato paste 2 Tablespoon
  Sliced black olives 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  Chopped parsley/1 tablespoon dried parsley 2 Tablespoon
  Pepper 1⁄8 Teaspoon
Directions

GETTING READY
1) Set the oven temperature to 350°F before baking.

MAKING
2) In a small skillet, over moderate heat, heat oil and sauté garlic and celery in it for about 5 minutes until softened and lightly browned.
3) Let cool slightly after taking off the skillet from heat.
4) Take a bowl and mix together ground beef, ground pork, bread crumbs, egg white, oregano, and basil in it.
5) Just allow the celery mixture to be combined.
6) Figure the mixture into 16 meatballs about 1 1/2 inches across,with your hands.
7) Take a rack; use vegetable oil cooking spray to spray it and then place the meatballs on it over a baking tray.
8) Brown the balls on all sides by baking in the preheated oven for 10 to 15 minutes, tossing occasionally and then keep them warm on a plate.
9) In the meantime, in a large nonstick skillet, heated over moderate heat, bring tomatoes, onions, and tomato paste to a boil.
10) Simmer the mixture, covered for about 12 minutes until slightly thickened.

FINALIZING
11) To the same skillet, place the meatballs with the black olives (if using) and cook, covered for about 20 minutes more until cooked well.
12) Pour over tomato sauce and then add in parsley and pepper.

SERVING
13) Serve hot.

TIPS
It would be easier to shape the meatballs if you wet your hands first.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Medium
Cuisine: 
Italian
Course: 
Main Dish
Method: 
Baked
Ingredient: 
Meat
Interest: 
Everyday, Healthy
Preparation Time: 
15 Minutes
Cook Time: 
15 Minutes
Ready In: 
0 Minutes
Servings: 
6

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