Beef Meatballs With Roasted Garlic Tomato Sauce

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Beef Meatballs With Roasted Garlic Tomato Sauce

These grass-fed meatballs not only taste delicious, but they’re also great for the environment. Do your part and make a smart beef choice while enjoying these meatballs.

"The key to these meatballs is their simplicity. Use only the highest quality ingredients to let their flavors shine." - Picnic LA Executive Chef Alex Resnick

4
Servings
915
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 2 Pounds grass-fed ground beef (80 percent lean, 20 percent fat)
  • 1 Cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
  • 1/4 Cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1/4 Cup milk
  • 1/2 Cup minced white onion
  • 3 whole eggs
  • 2 Tablespoons cloves whole plus 2 tbsp. minced garlic
  • 1/2 Tablespoon dried oregano
  • 2 Tablespoons chopped parsley
  • 28 Ounces canned San Marzano tomatoes
  • 1/2 Cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 Cup sweet basil
  • Kosher salt and black pepper, to taste

Directions

How to make the meatballs:

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.

Combine the panko bread crumbs and milk in a bowl and soak for 30 minutes. Sauté the minced onions and garlic until translucent in a small sauté pan. Strain the bread crumbs and mix with the onions, garlic, beef, eggs, Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, oregano, and parsley. Add generous amounts of kosher salt and black pepper to season. Mix the ingredients well and shape into 3 oz. balls. Place the meatballs onto a parchment paper lined baking tray. Bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes until browned, then lower the oven to 350 degrees F and bake for another 15-20 minutes. Allow the meatballs to cool.

How to make the sauce:

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.

Place the garlic in an oven proof baking vessel and add ¼ cup olive oil. Cover tightly and roast for 30-45 minutes, until the garlic is very tender. Remove the garlic from the oil and purée it in a food processor until it is very smooth.

Pour the tomatoes into another baking vessel and crush them until they are thoroughly broken up. Add the puréed garlic, olive oil, and remaining olive oil and mix well. Add a few pinches of kosher salt and black pepper.

Place the sauce in the oven and lower the temperature to 350 degrees F. Cook for 30 minutes.

Add the meatballs and cook for another 15 minutes.

Serve the meatballs immediately in the sauce. Garnish with a generous amount of sweet basil right over the top.

Beef Shopping Tip

Most cattle are fed a diet of grass until they are sent to a feedlot – where they are finished on corn. When possible, choose beef from cattle that are “100% grass fed” - it will be more expensive, but better for your health.

Beef Cooking Tip

The method used to cook beef is dependent on the cut. Cuts that are more tender, like filet mignon, should be cooked for a relatively short amount of time over high heat by grilling or sautéing. While less tender cuts, like brisket and short ribs, should be cooked for a longer time with lower heat by braising or stewing.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
70g
100%
Sugar
7g
N/A
Saturated Fat
23g
100%
Cholesterol
291mg
97%
Protein
58g
100%
Carbs
17g
6%
Vitamin A
233µg
26%
Vitamin B12
5µg
85%
Vitamin B6
1mg
57%
Vitamin C
33mg
55%
Vitamin D
1µg
N/A
Vitamin E
7mg
33%
Vitamin K
87µg
100%
Calcium
321mg
32%
Fiber
4g
15%
Folate (food)
78µg
N/A
Folate equivalent (total)
78µg
19%
Iron
7mg
37%
Magnesium
89mg
22%
Monounsaturated
34g
N/A
Niacin (B3)
12mg
62%
Phosphorus
674mg
96%
Polyunsaturated
5g
N/A
Potassium
1310mg
37%
Riboflavin (B2)
0.7mg
41.4%
Sodium
1310mg
55%
Thiamin (B1)
0.2mg
15.7%
Trans
2g
N/A
Zinc
12mg
82%

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