NONNA'S TUSCAN MEATBALLS WITH EGGPLANT, ZUCCHINI & TOMATO SAUCE

NONNA'S TUSCAN MEATBALLS WITH EGGPLANT, ZUCCHINI & TOMATO SAUCE

Servings: 4
Time: 50 min +1 hour for marinade 

INGREDIENTS

For the Meatballs

  • 500 g ground beef
  • Olive oil
  • 3 tbsp A Spice Affair Tuscan Seasoning
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup breadcrumbs, soaked in almond milk overnight
  • 1/2 cup grated fresh Parmesan (plant-based option)
  • 1 egg
  • Salt and pepper, to taste 

For the Sauce

For Serving

  • 1 cup fresh basil
  • Grated Parmesan cheese (optional)

  

INSTRUCTIONS

For the Meatballs

  1. Combine meatball ingredients, cover and refrigerate for about an hour.
  2. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Form meat balls and bake in preheated oven for 10-15 minutes or until golden brown. They will continue cooking in the sauce.

For the Sauce

  1. Add zucchini and eggplant in a large pot of water and bring to a boil. Let simmer until tender. Drain water, you may keep a little for the sauce.
  2. In a large pan, sauté the onion and garlic with olive oil for 2 to 3 minutes over medium heat. Stir in the crushed tomatoes followed by the rest of the sauce ingredients and cook for 10 minutes. Add the meatballs and let simmer for an additional 20 minutes.
  3. Arrange the plates and garnish with fresh basil leafs and freshly grated Parmesan cheese if desired.
    Crazy delicious, coming straight out of Nonna’s kitchen! 
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