Easy Baked Italian Meatballs (GAPS friendly)

So a few nights ago, I had been planning to serve a lovely meat sauce over spaghetti squash…but then discovered the grocery store was out of spaghetti squash.  We still wanted something Italian-inspired, though, so I came up with these…and they were a huge hit with all three of us. Plus, they smelled great while cooking and had that oh-so-comfy-and-homey look on the plate.

These are super easy and fast to whip up on a weeknight.  Serve them with some garlic green beans and a salad, and you have a meal.

 

 

Easy Baked Italian Meatballs

2 lbs. grass-fed ground beef

2 eggs

2 tsp. dried basil

2.5 tsp. garlic powder, divided

salt and pepper to taste

3 15-oz. cans tomato puree

2 tbsp. honey

2 tsp. dried oregano

1/3 c. grated Parmesan cheese

  1. Preheat oven to 375.
  2. Mix ground beef, beaten eggs, basil, and 1.5 tsp. garlic powder until well combined.  Add salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Form mixture into 1.5″ balls and place in single layer in 13″x 9″ pan.
  4. Mix tomato puree, honey, oregano, and remaining teaspoon garlic powder.  Add salt and pepper and adjust seasoning to taste.  Pour mixture over meatballs.
  5. Sprinkle Parmesan over sauce and bake uncovered at 375 for forty minutes.
  6. Serve with extra Parmesan and enjoy!

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Published in: on September 3, 2012 at 1:31 am  Comments (2)  

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  1. Have you ever tried zucchini noodles? They’re great when you don’t feel like (or can’t find!) spaghetti squash. I also think they have a more neutral flavor…although that could just be me. 🙂

  2. I haven’t yet, although I’ve seen them mentioned a lot! We may just have to give those a try this week!


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