Spinach Meatballs in Tomato Sauce

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Registered: 11-01-1999
Spinach Meatballs in Tomato Sauce
Tue, 04-22-2003 - 8:56pm
1 pkg. (10 oz) frozen chopped spinach

1 medium onion, cut up

1 clove garlic

1 1/2 pounds lean ground beef

1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese

1/4 cup fine dry breadcrumbs

1 egg

1 teaspoon salt

1/8 teaspoon pepper

1 jar (26 oz) Classico Tomato & Basil pasta sauce (or quality jarred pasta sauce of your choice)

Preheat oven to 500.

Defrost spinach. Drain by pressing through a strainer. Place spinach, cut up onion, chopped or pressed garlic clove, salt, pepper and egg in blender or food processor container and chop finely. In large bowl, mix ground beef, bread crumbs, cheese, and spinach mixture. Mix until well blended. Toll into balls about the size of golf balls. Arrange in a single layer on a jelly roll pan, close but not touching. Put in 500 degree oven for about 10 minutes, or until well browned.

Place in large saucepan with the jar of pasta sauce, and simmer to combine flavors. I often put it in a crockpot, leave it for several hours, and serve it from the crockpot.

Serve over cooked pasta of choice - spaghetti, linguini, fettuccini, etc.

Makes 4-6 servings. Doubles easily.

Note from the cook: Since I found this recipe, I have cooked all my meatballs on a jelly roll pan in a hot oven instead of trying to brown them in a frying pan. They come out perfect this way, and they don't break apart.


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Registered: 11-01-1999
Tue, 04-22-2003 - 9:02pm
That should be "roll" into balls the size of golf balls....

I didn't see my typo until it was too late!

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Registered: 03-20-2003
Wed, 04-23-2003 - 12:04pm
Thanks so much Gaye...these sound fabulous!! I'm definitely going to try them.



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Registered: 03-19-2003
Fri, 04-25-2003 - 2:25am
Just can't stay away from those tomatoes, can you? 8^) n/t


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Registered: 04-11-2003
Fri, 04-25-2003 - 8:22am
LOL. I think I missed something for sure! Is this for us or for dogs? Either way it sounds fabulous!
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Registered: 11-01-1999
Fri, 04-25-2003 - 9:08am
This is for humans.

I posted it here because I answered a "Friday Five" or something similar regarding a special dish that you cook. More than one person asked me for the recipe, so instead of e-mailing it several times, I just posted it on the board.


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Registered: 03-26-2003
Sat, 05-03-2003 - 5:35pm
Thank you so much Gaye for that recipe. You see, dd Lee LOVES spinach and that will be a wonderful addition to my very limited recipe file. I can hardly wait to try that out, it will be sometime this week.

One, okay two, questions. What is a jellyroll pan? Do they have that kind of thing at a cooking speciality store or at any run of the mill store with cooking supplies; and, I wonder if you could freeze those spinach balls. That would be so handy for me who is always forgetting that my family needs to eat until about 4:30 p.m. when Lee says," Mom, what's for dinner tonite?" LOL

Luv to the pugs,


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Registered: 03-19-2003
Sat, 05-03-2003 - 9:39pm
A jellyroll pan is that cookie sheet with sides on it. A big, flat pan with sides about 1/2 inch high. It's not a specialty item. You should be able to get one at any hardware store. Mine is all bent and ugly; it was my Mother's.

You could use a couple of roasting pans. You can't use a cookie sheet because the juices would drip off the edges and make a mess of your oven.

Yes. I'm sure the meatballs would freeze just fine. I always make them when the kids come for dinner, and I'm luck to have three or four leftover for a meatball sandwich the next day!

Happy eating!

(Sorry about my cl-hat. Sometimes I can't get rid of it - LOL)