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Spicy Meatballs with Sauce Recipe

Spicy Meatballs with Sauce Recipe

I rely on Italian sausage to make my meatballs. Not only do they taste great, but they also cook to perfection in the slow cooker along with a homemade sauce! —Rosanne Bergman, Alta Loma, California
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Cook: 5 hours YIELD:8 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 3/4 cup crushed seasoned salad croutons
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped green pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 1 pound Johnsonville® Mild Ground Italian Sausage
  • SAUCE:
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 3/4 cup beef broth
  • 2 cans (28 ounces each) crushed tomatoes
  • 3 medium carrots, diced
  • 1 can (6 ounces) tomato paste
  • 1 envelope onion soup mix
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • Hot cooked pasta

Directions

  • 1. In a large bowl, combine the egg, croutons, onion, green pepper, garlic powder, cumin, oregano and pepper. Crumble turkey and sausage over mixture and mix well. Shape into 1-in. balls. Place in a 5-qt. slow cooker.
  • 2. In a large bowl, combine the cornstarch, sugar and broth until smooth; stir in the tomatoes, carrots, tomato paste, soup mix, garlic, basil and pepper flakes. Pour over meatballs. Cover and cook on low for 5-6 hours or until meatballs are cooked through. Serve with pasta.
  • 3. Serve immediately or cool before placing in a freezer container. Cover and freeze for up to 3 months.
  • 4. To use frozen meatballs: Completely thaw in the refrigerator. Place meatballs in a large skillet; cover and cook for 10 minutes or until heated through. Serve with pasta. Yield: 8 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 cup sauce with 5 meatballs equals 369 calories, 17 g fat (6 g saturated fat), 88 mg cholesterol, 1,097 mg sodium, 35 g carbohydrate, 7 g fiber, 21 g protein.

Wine Pairings

Medium-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a medium-bodied red wine such as Chianti, Sangiovese, Malbec or Zinfandel.