italian meat balls

25 Sep Italian meat balls cooked in tomato sauce.

Italian meat balls cooked in tomato sauce.

Who doesn’t love a great Italian inspired meal? This month’s Rockin Recipe is an old favourite & bound to be a real hit with your family or friends. Simple to cook & always a crowd pleaser this one will have the taste buds singing!


Tomato Sauce

  • 3 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 2 tbsp (30 ml) olive oil
  • 1 can (28 oz/769 ml) whole plum tomatoes


  • 2 slices white sandwich bread
  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) milk
  • 1 lb (450 g) ground veal
  • 1 1/2 cups (150 g) freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 egg
  • 1 garlic clove, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup (10 g) chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground fennel
  • 1/4 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes


Tomato sauce

  • In a large non-stick skillet over medium-high heat, lightly brown the garlic in the oil with the bay leaf and red pepper flakes. Add the tomatoes and simmer for 30 minutes. When they begin to break down, coarsely crush the tomatoes using a potato masher. Season with salt and pepper. Keep warm.


  • Meanwhile, in a food processor, pulse the bread until the size of breadcrumbs. In a large bowl, soak the bread crumbs in the milk for 5 minutes. Add the remaining ingredients and, using your hands, combine well.
  • Working with lightly oiled hands, shape each meatball using 2 tbsp (30 ml) of the mixture.
  • Place the meatballs in the tomato sauce, cover and cook for 10 minutes over medium-low heat, turning them a few times during cooking. Uncover and continue cooking for 10 minutes or until cooked through.
  • Serve the meatballs with blanched rapini, pasta or fresh bread.