Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Sicilian Meatballs

This is an easy go to meal, you just need to keep meatballs on hand in the freezer. Sometimes I make my own, or sometimes I'll pick up these great turkey meatballs that my super market has on sale sometimes.
This meal is super healthy and can even be served with rice. My kids all love it, especially when it has simmered for a long time. My 6 year old eats at least 10 or more at a sitting....The flavor gets so intense from the lengthy cooking time. You can even throw it together before work, and leave it in the crock pot all day, and it will be ready when you arrive.

*2 Tbls. Olive oil
*2 Tbls. dried onions
*1/4 c. diced green pepper
*1/4 c. red wine
*1 c. water
*2 tsp. minced garlic
*1 Tbls. sugar
*1 tsp. oregano
*1/2 tsp. rosemary
*2 bay leaves
*1 1/4c. tomato paste
*2 c. chopped tomatoes with juice
* 3 pounds of turkey meatballs

**In a large pot, add olive oil, and saute the onions and green pepper

**Add in the remaining ingredients and cover and let simmer for 4 hrs.
(Can also be done in a crockpot on medium for 6 hours or so.

**Serve with what ever pasta you prefer: Fettuccine, Ziti, Penne, etc.....

Note: Leftover Meatballs make great subs. Place meatballs in sub bun, sprinkle in cheese, and wrap in foil. These can now be baked or frozen in a Ziploc bag for future use. We used to make these for when we went skiing, bake them at home, and just heat them up near the roaring fire at the lodge!

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