I like a good meatball. One that is flavorful, well cooked, and seasoned perfectly. I also like to use meatballs in a variety of meals. They are great with spaghetti, on a sub roll, in soups, or as an appetizer. While my husband likes an all meat meatball, I like mine with meat and veggies in it.
So, when I decided to make spaghetti for dinner I wanted to make meatballs to go with it. After looking in the refrigerator to see what type of veggies we had, I decided to use red and green peppers as well as an onion. I use different vegetables depending on what I’m using the meatballs for. Since this is an Italian meatball, I thought the onion and peppers would go well with them.
When I have a lot of time and think ahead of time I like to put the meatballs in my Crock-Pot, pour in a jar of marinara sauce, and cook them all day for a meatball full of flavor. Since I didn’t think ahead of time today, I had to go for the old skillet method. I cooked the meatballs in a little bit of oil until they were brown on all sides. Then I poured in a jar of marinara sauce and finished cooking them through. This way I don’t have to heat the sauce separately.
The meat and veggie meatballs turned out surprisingly well this time. Frank and I enjoyed them with our spaghetti. They were a little crisp on the outside but moist and flavorful inside. I always end up making a large recipe so that we have meatballs left over for lunch the next day. This time we had meatball subs the next day, YUM!
Meat and Veggie Meatballs
1 T. olive oil
1 ½ pounds of Laura’s Lean ground beef
¼ c. green peppers, finely chopped
¼ c. red peppers, finely chopped
¼ c. onion, finely chopped
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 T. Worcestershire sauce
Salt and pepper
1. In a large skillet heat 1 T. olive oil.
2. In a large bowl combine the ground beef, vegetables, Worcestershire sauce, salt, and pepper. Use your hands to mix well.
4. Cook the meatballs until they are brown on all sides and heated through in the middle. Serve warm.
**If using the meatballs for spaghetti or something with sauce, add the sauce to the skillet and continue cooking for about 5 minutes or until the meatballs absorb the flavor of the sauce.**