Quick Marinara Sauce with Meatballs

recipe

1 tsp olive oil
2 cloves garlic, Minced
28 oz can crushed tomatoes
1 small bay leaf
1 tsp oregano
salt and fresh pepper to taste
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In a medium pot, heat olive oil over medium heat.
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Add garlic and saute until golden,
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being careful not to burn.

Add crushed tomatoes,
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salt, pepper,
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oregano, and bay leaf.
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Stir and reduce heat to low.
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Cover and let simmer about 15 – 20 minutes. Remove from heat and add fresh Parmesan cheese please!

I also added Meatballs to my sauce…as my husband always NEEDS meat.  I can go without! But not him! So I just made these up….

Start by preheating the oven to 400

then get a red onion and cut it in half
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Chop onion to a small dice
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then grab a clove of garlic and smash it and remove the skin and mince it up
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so when the oven is preheated put your cast iron skillet in the oven to get really hot
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You can do this while you finish the meatballs

so take a pound of ground beef and break it apart and add it to a medium bowl and set aside
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then take a small skillet and preheat it to med heat and add some olive oil to

coat the pan and then add the minced garlic and chopped onion to the pan
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Saute for 5-7 minutes or until onion is translucent, then turn burner off and set garlic and onion aside.

Then go back to the beef and add salt, garlic salt and pepper to taste
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and add dried oregano, and basil to taste and 1/2 a teaspoon of red pepper flakes, or more if you want your balls spicy!
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then add in about a 1/3 of a cup of seasoned bread crumbs
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and pour in the olive oil, garlic, and onions
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then add in 1/2 of grated Parmesan cheese
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2 eggs
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and then mix the meat and other goodies up together, really well
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and then form some balls. I just went with it and just grabbed a handful of meat and rolled it into balls and put them on a plate.
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once all my meat was rolled into balls, I opened the oven and coated the cast iron with olive oil then placed them in the cast iron skillet.
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SIZZZZLE!

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Here is a recap of what went into my Balls!
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So once you place them all in the skillet bake them in the oven for about 10 minutes and then open the oven again and turn them over
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and bake them for another 10 minutes and then when they are done, take them out of the oven and set them aside so they can cool a little…

then get you a bowl fill it with some pasta, and then the sauce you made before
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Then top your pasta with a ball
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and then pour some more sauce over the ball and top with parmesan cheese
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and you have yourself some balls with Marinara sauce!

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