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Bobby Flay's Meatball and Sauce Recipe

Bobby Flay's homemade meatball and marinara sauce recipe is easy to make ahead of time and can be prepared on the stove top or in the slow cooker. It's perfect for pasta, subs, or as a side dish!

Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Keyword Meatball Recipe, Meatballs
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 20 meatballs
Calories 128 kcal
Author Stephanie

Ingredients

Meatballs

  • 1/2 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 pound ground pork *see notes
  • 1/2 pound ground veal *see notes
  • 2 large eggs lightly beaten
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese grated
  • 4 cloves garlic finely chopped and sautéed
  • 1/4 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup parsley finely chopped
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1 cup olive oil* See notes

Homemade Sauce

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 Spanish onion finely chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic finely chopped
  • 56 oz. canned plum tomatoes and their juice pureed in a blender
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 bunch parsley
  • 1 pinch red pepper flakes
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
  • 6 basil leaves sliced into strips
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Instructions

Meatballs

  1. Combine all ingredients, (except the oil), in a large bowl until well-combined. Roll into 1+1/2 inch balls.
  2. Heat the oil in a large sautee pan or dutch oven over medium heat and add the meatballs. Let them fry, cooking on each side until lightly browned, but not cooked all the way through. About 10-15 minutes.
  3. Add the meatballs to tomato sauce and let them simmer on medium low heat for about 45 minutes.

Homemade Sauce

  1. In a medium saucepan, heat the olive oil on medium heat. Add the onions and garlic until they’re softened, about 5 minutes.
  2. Add the pureed tomatoes and juice, the bay leaf, parsley, red pepper flakes, salt, and pepper.
  3. Bring the sauce to a boil, reduce the heat back down to a light simmer, and add the meatballs.
  4. Cover the pot and let them simmer for 40 minutes.
  5. Remove the bay leaf and parsley prior to serving and mix in the basil. Serve, and enjoy!

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes

 

Make Ahead Meatballs/Slow Cooker Method.

Nutrition Facts
Bobby Flay's Meatball and Sauce Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 128 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat 8g12%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 42mg14%
Sodium 64mg3%
Potassium 312mg9%
Carbohydrates 5g2%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 8g16%
Vitamin A 770IU15%
Vitamin C 12.8mg16%
Calcium 37mg4%
Iron 0.9mg5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.