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Baked Mighty Mini Meatballs

Baked Mighty Mini Meatballs

Delicious homemade meat balls can be used in the recipes below for Meatball Pizzas, Meatball Sandwiches, Meatballs and Pasta or Meatball Soup.

Ingredients



Instructions

  1. Heat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Combine Ground Beef, spinach, bread crumbs, egg whites, water, garlic, salt and pepper in large bowl, mixing lightly but thoroughly. Shape into twenty four 1-inch meatballs. Place on rack in broiler pan.
  3. Bake in 400 degrees F oven 15 to 17 minutes.
  4. Use meatballs to prepare one of the following recipes for pizzas, sandwiches, pasta or soup.

Meatball Pizzas

Heat oven to 450 degrees F. Spread 1-1/3 cups pizza or marinara sauce evenly over four 8-inch whole wheat pita breads. Carefully cut hot cooked meatballs in half; place 12 halves on each pizza. Top evenly with 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese or Italian cheese blend. Place on 2 baking sheets. Bake in 450 degrees F oven 8 to 10 minutes or until cheese is melted and crusts are crisp.

Meatball Sandwiches

Heat 1 jar (14-1/2 ounces) marinara sauce according to package directions until hot. Add hot cooked meatballs; stir to coat evenly. Spoon meatball-sauce mixture evenly into 4 split French bread rolls. Top with sautéed onion and bell pepper, and shredded mozzarella cheese or Italian cheese blend, if desired.

Meatballs and Pasta

Cook 8 ounces dry pasta according to package directions; drain. Keep warm. Meanwhile heat 1 jar (26 ounces) pasta sauce according to package directions until hot. Add hot cooked meatballs to pasta sauce; stir to coat evenly. Serve over pasta.

Meatball Soup

Combine 1 can (15 ounces) rinsed and drained Great Northern or pinto beans, 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) undrained seasoned diced tomatoes, 1 can (13-3/4 to 14-1/2 ounces) ready-to-serve beef broth, 2 cups frozen mixed vegetables and 1 cup water in medium saucepan; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer 5 minutes. Add hot cooked meatballs; continue simmering 5 minutes to blend flavors. Serve with shredded Parmesan cheese, if desired.

Total Recipe Time: 40 to 45 minutes
Makes 4 servings

Cook's Tips:

For easy clean up, line broiler pan (not rack) with aluminum foil.

Cooking times are for fresh or thoroughly thawed Ground Beef. Ground beef should be cooked to an internal temperature of 160 degrees F. Color is not a reliable indicator of ground beef doneness.

Nutrition information per serving (meatballs only): 186 calories; 6 g fat (3 g saturated fat; 2 g monounsaturated fat); 65 mg cholesterol; 512 mg sodium; 6 g carbohydrate; 0.6 g fiber; 26 g protein; 5.6 mg niacin; 0.4 mg vitamin B6; 2.1 mcg vitamin B12; 3.0 mg iron; 23.8 mcg selenium; 5.6 mg zinc

Nutrition information per serving (meatball pizzas): 498 calories; 14 g fat (7 g saturated fat; 5 g monounsaturated fat); 83 mg cholesterol; 1195 mg sodium; 51 g carbohydrate; 7.4 g fiber; 41 g protein; 8.9 mg niacin; 0.7 mg vitamin B6; 2.8 mcg vitamin B12; 6.0 mg iron; 56.6 mcg selenium; 7.8 mg zinc

Nutrition information per serving (meatball sandwiches): 367 calories; 10 g fat (3 g saturated fat; 4 g monounsaturated fat); 65 mg cholesterol; 1238 mg sodium; 36 g carbohydrate; 2.2 g fiber; 31 g protein; 11.3 mg niacin; 0.6 mg vitamin B6; 2.1 mcg vitamin B12; 5.0 mg iron; 35.9 mcg selenium; 6.5 mg zinc.

Nutrition information per serving: (meatballs and pasta) 533 calories; 11 g fat (4 g saturated fat; 4 g monounsaturated fat); 65 mg cholesterol; 1402 mg sodium; 69 g carbohydrate; 3.1 g fiber; 36 g protein; 16.9 mg niacin; 0.8 mg vitamin B6; 2.1 mcg vitamin B12; 6.5 mg iron; 62.2 mcg selenium; 7.4 mg zinc.

Nutrition information per serving (meatball soup): 380 calories; 7 g fat (3 g saturated fat; 2 g monounsaturated fat); 65 mg cholesterol; 1126 mg sodium; 42 g carbohydrate; 8.9 g fiber; 37 g protein; 6.1 mg niacin; 0.5 mg vitamin B6; 2.1 mcg vitamin B12; 5.3 mg iron; 28.2 mcg selenium; 6.3 mg zinc.

Recipe and photo credit: The Beef Checkoff.


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