Meatballs and Beans in Tomato Sauce

meatball6With Thanksgiving this week and needing time to prepare a few days in advance, I wanted to make something that will reheat well so I don’t have to worry about having a healthy meal, and something that will pair with salad well. I’ve always loved good meatballs, and learned to make them towards the end of my college years when things finally settled down a bit and I could make a meatball instead of buying bags of frozen ones.

Meatballs and BeansIngredients:
For the Meatballs:
1 lb lean ground beef
1 cup gluten free panko or breadcrumbs
1/2 an onion, diced
1/4 cup grated parmesan
2 eggs
1/2 cup milk
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 tablespoons oregano
1/4 cup fresh basil, finely chopped
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground pepper

For the Sauce:
1/2 onion, diced
2 celery stalks, diced
1 14 oz can cannellini beans
1/2 red bell pepper, diced
2 tablespoons olive oil

5 medium sized tomatoes
2 garlic cloves, diced
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon turmeric
1 teaspoon cumin powder

meatball3Preheat the oven to 350F. Starting with the meatballs – whip together the eggs and milk. Place the dry ingredients for the meatballs in a medium sized bowl, then add in the milk+egg mixture and the beef. Mix together well (works best to use your hands.) Make into balls, size of your choice. I ended up with 13 medium sized balls. Place on a baking sheet (I used a piece of parchment on top for less mess) and bake for 30 minutes. For really large meatballs, cook for 35 minutes.

In a large skillet over medium heat, place the olive oil, onions, celery and red pepper. Cook together for 5 minutes. In a food processor or blender place the tomatoes (I cut mine into fourths) with the garlic, turmeric, salt and cumin. Process until smooth and add into the skillet. Rinse and drain the beans and add to the sauce. Add the meatballs to the sauce once they’re done in the oven and cook together for 10 minutes.  Serves 4. We ate 3 medium sized meatballs per adult.

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3 thoughts on “Meatballs and Beans in Tomato Sauce

  1. Sunny 2013/11/27 / 3:05 pm

    I never thought of adding beans to my sauce! It would be an interesting experiment :). I imagine this would work w/ or w/o the beans?

    Thanks!

    • Gluten Free Fabulous 2013/11/28 / 8:25 am

      It’ll work fine with or without the beans, it just made the dish a bit heartier 🙂

      • Sunny 2013/12/01 / 9:18 am

        Thanks! Can’t wait to try!

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