Over the weekend hubby and I talked about spaghetti and meatballs. It was a fleeting conversation, really, but thoughts of Italian meatballs lingered in my mind. I have made meatballs in the past, but not recently, and my tried-and-true recipe is long lost.
I intended to go to the bank today and cash a check, and head to the grocery store. I didn’t have any thawed meat for dinner, and I didn’t have anything that could be thawed and prepared quickly. I had tuna, but hubby doesn’t eat it. As my sister and I pulled up to the bank, she said, “It doesn’t even look open.” Of course it wasn’t open! Today is Columbus day! Without cashing that check, I headed to the store with just a few dollars in my pocket.
It didn’t take me long to decide on meatballs for dinner. Sauce can be purchased for a small amount of money. Ground meat isn’t too expensive. I had pasta and Italian bread at home already. I rounded out my grocery cart with a bag of salad for 99¢ and we headed to the house.
The meatballs I ended up with were simple, made from ingredients I always have in the house, with the exception of ground pork. Since ground beef wasn’t on sale this week, the pork actually was a few cents cheaper, and it made the meatballs taste SO good. I don’t claim to have the best meatball recipe in the world, but I made my family happy with this concoction, and I want to write it down for later use.
Almost Pantry Meatballs
- 1 pound ground pork
- 1 pound ground beef
- 1 cup old fashioned oats
- 1 cup grated parmesean cheese
- 3 Tablespoons dried parsley
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp Italian seasoning
- 3-4 eggs
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 jars prepared pasta sauce
- Mix all ingredients, except sauce, in a mixing bowl, just until combined. Don’t over mix.
- Form meat into 1 1/2″ balls and place in skillet.
- Pan fry in large skillet for 6-8 minutes, turning frequently, or until done.
- Once meatballs are cooked through, drain any excess grease and add sauce to the pan.
- Simmer meatballs in sauce while pasta cooks.
This recipe easily fed my hungry family of seven. I used a large, rectangular electric skillet and it was full. We didn’t think to count the number of meatballs, though!