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Homemade Meatballs & Roasted Tomato Sauce

23 May

Last night on my way home, I got inspired. For mother’s day, I made my mom dinner on the grill using foil packets. The combination of tomatoes and spinach got me wondering… could I make that into a sauce?

Well, last night proved you can! I paired the sauce with some whole wheat angel hair pasta and turkey/chicken meatballs. All of the recipes below are loosely based on recipes I found on The Food Network, but I’ve made them my own.

If you try it out, tell me how your family likes it!


Roasted Tomato Sauce

  • 6 medium tomatoes (I used the tomatoes sold on the vine)
  • Handful of fresh baby spinach
  • Half of a medium sweet onion
  • 1/2 tsp of the following: thyme, marjoram, basil, oregano
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • Olive oil

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Line a baking sheet with foil. Slice tomatoes into wedges and arrange on baking sheet. Chop onions and distribute evenly. Sprinkle baby spinach over tomatoes and onions. Drizzle olive oil over vegetables until thoroughly coated. Sprinkle herbs, salt and pepper and toss to coat. Cover tightly with foil and bake for 20-30 minutes until onions are translucent and tomatoes are soft. Allow the mixture to cool a bit before pureeing in a food processor.

Turkey/Chicken Meatballs

  • 1 pound of ground turkey
  • 1/2 pound of ground chicken
  • 1 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup of breadcrumbs, plus extra
  • 1/2 cup of shredded parmesan cheese
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 tsp of the following: thyme, marjoram, basil, oregano
  • Olive oil

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Combine meats and mix until evenly distributed. Add cheeses, spices, egg and breadcrumbs and mix until combined. If the mixture is too sticky, add more breadcrumbs. Roll into balls and place on a greased baking sheet. I made mine a bit too big, so I only got 12. You should be able to get 24 1-inch diameter meatballs. Drizzle olive oil over each meatball, and bake for 15-18 minutes.