Simply Meatballs & Noodles

So, today is the first day of my new challenge that I have created for myself…becoming a more adventurous cook/baker. Chris spent the last two days in Iowa so I figured I would be nice and make a decent dinner for him tonight. Of all the blog posts out there I picked…Simply Meatballs & Noodles, a meatball recipe I found on Eat, Live, Run.

I know, a very simple recipe and not all that adventurous, but I gave it a shot! And of course I have excuses for my simple choice! I mean, really, when don’t I have an excuse? First, I just came up with this new plan last night so I didn’t exactly have a lot of time to search or shop. Second, I needed to start with something relatively “safe”, primarily because Chris isn’t a big fan of random recipes! And third, I already had a pound of hamburger thawed out…

I did make a few modifications based upon what I had available! Here goes…

Simply Meatballs & Noodles


1 lb of ground beef or turkey
1 tsp salt
1/3 cup milk
1/3 cup bread crumbs
1 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp dried parsley
15 oz can of tomato sauce
1/4 tsp pepper flakes
1/2 tsp onion powder
2 gloves garlic, minced


Preheat the oven to 375.

Put the breadcrumbs into the milk and let it sit long enough to soak up all of the milk – about 5 minutes.

Open the can of tomato sauce and put it on the stove on simmer along with the minced garlic, 1/2 tsp salt and oregano. Let this sauce simmer for about 20 minutes to allow it to thicken.

The beginnings of the tomato sauce

In a larger bowl combine the ground beef, the last 1/2 tsp salt, red pepper flakes, onion powder, parsley and soaked bread crumbs. Mix it all up with your fingers and then create small meatballs.

Mix it...mix it real good!

Making up the balls...I cheat with a melon baller!

All ready for the oven!

Stick the meatballs into the oven (at 375) for about 15-20 minutes. Continue to let the sauce simmer until the meatballs are done. While this was all going down I made up some noodles. Once the meatballs are done put them into the simmering tomato sauce and you are all done!

Mixing the meatballs in with the sauce...yum!

I think I got a bit distracted and left the meatballs were a tad dry, but they were tasty! Next time I will use full tomatoes and blend them like the original recipe at Eat, Live, Run called for – I think that will also make a difference! Chris even liked them and ate up everything! He is refusing to rank them in any way, but we will know how he really felt when/if the left overs disappear!

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Bake Time: 15-20 minutes
Yield: about 24 mini meatballs

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