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neapolitan meatballs and sauce

I made this by candlelight last week when the power was out.¬† Oh, yes, I know how to rough it ūüôā

Sometimes I wonder if I’m giving my children a skewed view on food with¬†the importance I put on quality, homemade meals (and then I quickly get over it). ¬†We’ve joked with my daughter that when she goes off to college we will¬†have to send her care packages of artisan cheeses and homemade bagels.¬† It will probably¬†be hard for her to go cold turkey from home-cooked meals¬†(or maybe this has been my plan all along to make sure she comes home frequently!)

This recipe was given to me by my mother-in-law.¬† Previously, I posted¬†a different, “lighter”¬†spaghetti and meatball recipe.¬† In reality, there is only 1 Weight Watcher Points Plus difference between the two recipes.¬† The other¬†recipe uses a package of chopped spinach in the meatballs, so it would be a great way to incorporate more vegetables into your children’s diet if this is an issue in your house.

Neapolitan Meatballs and Sauce

  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 lb. lean ground beef
  • salt and pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. oregano
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs
  • 1 egg
  • 32 ounce can¬†whole tomatoes, blended

In a medium bowl, combine ground beef, oregano, breadcrumbs, and egg.  Season with salt and pepper.  Form into meatballs.

Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium heat.  Add onions and garlic and saute until golden.  Add meatballs to skillet and brown on all sides.  Add tomatoes and cook at a low simmer until thick, about an hour, occasionally gently stirring.  Makes 5 servings.

Serve over penne or rigatoni.  Top with grated romano or parmesan cheese.

Using the Weight Watcher’s Recipe Builder, each serving of meatballs/sauce has¬†6 Points Plus (pasta and cheese not included).

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Posted by on January 26, 2012 in beef, pasta, points plus

 

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