Baked Italian Meatballs

Serves 1


4-6 ounces lean ground beef

1/4 teaspoon basil

1/8 teaspoon oregano

1/8 teaspoon garlic powder

1 Tablespoon minced onion

1 clove garlic crushed and minced

1 serving Melba toast crumbs or crushed nut thins

1 recipe marinara sauce (recipe below)


  1. Combine meat, cracker crumbs and spices and mix thoroughly.
  2. Form into balls.
  3. Place into baking dish and cover with marinara sauce.
  4. Bake for 20-30 minutes at 350 degrees. Garnish with fresh basil.

Marinara sauce

Serves: 2 or more

  • 4 large tomatoes or as many as you want if you wish to increase the recipe
  • 1 cup chicken or vegetable broth
  • 1-6 ounce can tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon dried basil or fresh rolled and chopped basil to taste
  • 2 tablespoons minced onion
  • 2 cloves of garlic crushed and minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Cayenne pepper to taste
  • Pinch of marjoram
  1. Chop tomatoes or puree in a food processor for a smoother texture, add spices and heat in a saucepan.
  2. Allow to slow cook for 30 minutes to an hour.
  3. Allow the liquid to reduce or add additional water to achieve desired consistency.
(1 vegetable)

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