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Meatballs in Tomato Sauce
with cauliflower / green beans

Active: 45 min Total: 45 min
Meatballs are a budget friendly way to enjoy comfort food on a busy weeknight! Served with a flavorful tomato sauce and cauliflower and green beans on the side, this meal has everything you need for a little midweek pick-me-up.
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Ingredients

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Servings:
4
Tomato Sauce with Garlic and Thyme:
  • Shallots - 1 bulb, diced
  • Garlic - 2 cloves, chopped
  • Thyme leaves - 1 tsp, leaves torn
  • Oil, olive - 1 Tbsp
  • Paprika - 1/4 tsp
  • Tomatoes, crushed (28 oz / 794 g) - 1 can
Italian Meatballs:
  • Beef, ground - 1 lb
  • Eggs - 1
  • Salt - 1/2 tsp
  • Oregano, dried - 1/2 tsp
  • Black pepper - 1/4 tsp
  • Oil, cooking - 1 Tbsp
Boiled Cauliflower and Green Beans:
  • Cauliflower - 12 oz, chopped
  • Green beans, fresh or frozen - 12 oz, chopped into 1” / 2.5 cm pieces
  • Butter - 1 Tbsp

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Prep

  1. Cauliflower / Green beans / Shallots / Garlic / Thyme - Prep as directed. Store cauliflower, green beans, and shallots each in their own container. Combine garlic and thyme in another container. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  2. Make tomato sauce - (If prepping right before cooking, get water for cauliflower / green beans boiling before continuing with prep.) Heat a saucepan with olive oil over medium heat. Add shallots and saute until soft, 2 to 3 minutes. Add garlic, thyme, and paprika and saute for 1 minute. Pour tomatoes over top and simmer for 5 minutes. Season with some salt and pepper. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  3. Form meatballs - Combine beef, eggs, salt, oregano, and black pepper. Form into 1” / 2.5 cm wide meatballs. You should have ~4 meatballs per serving. (Can be done 1 day ahead)

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Make

  1. Bring a large stock pot of salted water to a boil.
  2. While water is coming to a boil, heat a skillet with cooking oil over medium-high heat. Add meatballs and saute on all sides until golden brown, 4 to 5 minutes.
  3. Pour tomato sauce around meatballs and cover. Cook, covered, until meatballs are cooked through, 12 to 15 minutes.
  4. While meatballs cook, return to boiling water. Add cauliflower florets and boil, uncovered, for 2 minutes (the cauliflower will take a few minutes longer than the green beans). Add green beans and boil both together until tender, 4 to 6 minutes more.
  5. Drain cauliflower and green beans.
  6. Toss cauliflower and green beans with butter. Season generously with some salt and pepper.
  7. Serve meatballs and sauce with cauliflower and green beans on the side. Enjoy!

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Reviews

Ratings

Original (57)
Gluten-free (5)
Paleo (8)
Vegetarian (5)

41 reviews

I liked this dish and my husband said it was his favorite of all time. We did end up just using store bought sauce for this to make it easier.

By: Sara
Posted: Mar 18, 2021
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

It was ok. Not my favorite but pretty good.

By: Julia
Posted: Sep 17, 2020
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

It’s ok but used a million pots and pans. I didn’t see that it was a dependent meal so I had to make rice fresh. We like a sweeter sauce.

By: Diane
Posted: Sep 03, 2020
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Loved the meatballs, and really love the method of cooking the potatoes & green beans! So simple!

By: Elissa
Posted: Apr 02, 2020
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Fairly easy, but I highly recommend either prepping by making the sauce ahead or use jarred sauce.

By: Eric
Posted: Jan 15, 2019
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Easy and yummy. I love the rice in the meatballs.

By: Davia
Posted: Jan 09, 2019
Diet: Original
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