Very tasty option to go along with that traditional pasta dish!
1 pound ground beef
½ package French onion soup/cream mix
½ onion, finely chopped
3 crushed garlic cloves
salt and pepper to taste
1 slice of white bread
¼ cup milk
1 whole egg
½ cup chopped parsley and/or chives
all purpose flour (about 1 cup, total)
tomato sauce, ready (about 4 cups)
1 – In a bowl, combine ground beef, salt, pepper, onion soup mix, onion and garlic.
2 – Soak the bread in milk and add to the mixture.
3 – Add egg, flour (about 5 tbs.), parsley and mix well with your hands, until it forms a consistent mixture.
4 – Using your hands, shape the meatballs the size you like.
5 – In a deep plate, put about 3 tbs. of flour with a pinch of salt and roll the meatballs, pressing lightly with your hands (this will prevent the meatballs from breaking apart while cooking).
6 – In a large saucepan, heat the tomato sauce of your choice and add the meatballs.
7 – Cover and let it simmer for at least 20 minutes, stirring gently from time to time.
Tips and Options
- Add more or less flour to the mixture so that it is consistent and easy to shape.
- To make meatballs stuffed with cheese, cut mozzarella into cubes and add to the center while shaping them.
- Many meatball recipe's combine more than one type of meat (e.g., beef and pork). For a lighter option, use ground chicken or turkey breast.
- Want to learn how to make homemade tomato sauce? Check it out this delicious recipe!
Original recipe (in Portuguese): Almôndegas.