This past weekend we were invited to a pot luck dinner. I live out in the country in a beautiful valley. The pot luck was for all the people that live in the valley. My neighbor is an elderly gentleman and was the person that set this pot luck up. I have lived in this valley for 15 years and find it funny that I have been driving past the same houses for these past 15 years, but I really didn’t know too many of the people that came to this event.
I would suggest this recipe if you are looking for a simple crock-pot recipe for meatballs and sauce. You can add pasta to it or if you like you could use the meatballs and sauce to make the subs, I think they would be amazing. Don’t you just love when you run across a simple and delicious dish? It does make life a little bit simpler. Enjoy!
Italian Meatballs And Sauce With Pasta (Adapted from Taste Of Home)
1 egg, lightly beaten
2 tablespoons milk
1/2 cup bread crumbs
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
2 pounds ground beef
1 1/2 pounds bulk Italian sausage
5 cups fresh tomatoes skinned and chopped
1 can (12 ounces) tomato paste
1 medium onion
1 cup chopped green peppers
1/2 cup dried red wine (If you prefer you can use beef broth)
4 garlic cloves, minced
2 teaspoons dried oregano
1 1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
Your favorite pasta
In a large bowl, combine egg and milk; add the bread crumbs, cheese, salt, pepper and garlic powder. Add beef and sausage; mix well. Shape into 1-inch balls. Broil 4 inches from the heat for 4 minutes; turn and broil 3 more minutes.
Transfer to a 5 or 6 quart crock-pot. Add tomatoes, green peppers, and onion to a blender, blend until smooth. (If you prefer and want a chunkier sauce chop these 3 ingredients).Combined the remaining ingredients and mix well; pour over meatballs. Cover and cook on low for 4-5 hours. Cook pasta according to directions and add before serving or if you prefer the subs, serve on rolls.
Cooks notes: This is a double recipe, if you prefer you can cut in half.