Pork Meatballs (also featuring tomato sauce and pasta!)

 

It's nota spicya meatball!

 

This is another one of those last-minute-unplanned-incredibly-successful dinners. I had some defrosted pork in the fridge, some leftover sauce, and tons of pasta in the cupboard.

For meatballs and hamburgers/meatloaf I generally follow one recipe.

1lb of ground meat

1 egg

1/4 to 1/2 cup of bread crumbs

1 tsp salt

1 tsp pepper

sometimes a tbsp or two of bbq sauce & a couple shakes of worcestershire if I’m feeling like it.

And then any seasonings. Garlic, dry herbs, fresh herbs, hot sauce. It’s basically a blank slate that’s incredibly flexible.

Unfortunately, I only had 1/2lb of pork and no eggs. But life is about compromise, and everyday cooking should be as well. One must compromise and improvise.  Otherwise you’re going to hate cooking.

So I took the pork, mixed it with about 1/2 cup of seasoned breadcrumbs (you can use regular or panko, you can even use old bread soaked in milk, but that’s old school and we’re not gonna go there right now), seasoned with salt, pepper, 1tsp of dried oregano and 1 tsp of dried basil.

Mixed well.

Since I had no egg to act as a binding agent along with the breadcrumbs, I decided to bake the meatballs. Less poking and prodding will keep them intact.

 

I portioned each meatball with a 1tbsp measure and rolled them by hand. Bake in a 400 degree oven for 35 mins, or until golden brown on the bottom and cooked through.

 

 

You tell me that doesn't melt your heart.

 

 

 

For the sauce, I had little over half of a bottle of some premade tomato sauce, but you can make your own. This would go awesome with alfredo sauce *drool*. I diced up some mushrooms, onion, and green pepper, sauteed until soft and added the sauce.

 

 

Gently toss meatballs into the tomato sauce, and serve over your favourite pasta, or on a bun like a meatball sub!

 

 

I'm totally jealous Michael had some leftovers of this for lunch at work 😦

 

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