Hearty, tender and juicy, these Italian style meatballs in a rich tomato sauce are the ultimate comfort food! Serve them atop a heaping plate of spaghetti or alongside our delicious 15-minute brown butter orzo!
Meatballs in tomato sauce — an Italian classic! While we enjoyed this last batch with a quick pot of light and creamy brown butter orzo, these tender and juicy meatballs are incredibly versatile. Of course you could use your Italian meatballs to top off your spaghetti, but they’re also great as a standalone appetizer and especially delicious on a toasted hoagie with melty mozzarella!
polpette al sugo
These easy polpette al sugo (meatballs in tomato sauce) are made with just a few ingredients: ground beef, egg, grated parmesan, parsley and a few slices of stale bread. The stale bread is soaked in milk and then added to the mixture — it makes for a much better texture than store bought breadcrumbs and results in meatballs that are melt-in-your-mouth tender!
And that sauce! Just a can of whole tomatoes, a bit of chopped onion, olive oil and basil. And of course a pinch (or three) of red pepper flakes if you like it a little spicy.
brown butter orzo
Orzo, pastina shaped like small grains of rice, is one of my favorite sides for saucy dishes like these meatballs. I like to use the risotto method when making orzo, which results in a delicious, creamy texture! Start by melting a bit of butter and cooking it until it turns golden brown with a nutty aroma. Toast your orzo in the buttery goodness, add a few cups of vegetable broth, cover and simmer to perfection! The best part? It only takes 15 minutes!
I also like to top my orzo off with a bit of grated parmesan when serving it alongside Italian meatballs. If you’re looking to use this incredible dish for another meal, you’ve definitely got some other great options for add-ins. Once the orzo is cooked, try mixing in a bit of goat cheese or feta — or make it a whole meal by adding in slices of spicy sausage!
As we move into the colder months, we’re definitely going to be making this recipe often! If you’re looking for more warming comfort foods to get you through the fall and winter, give these a try!
- hearty french onion soup
- polish goulash
- cheesy khachapuri (georgian cheesy egg bread)
- spicy thai curry soup with mushrooms
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