Lean Italian Meatballs

Who doesn’t love a spicy meat-a ball-a?  I hope that’s not offensive.

Meatballs are really great and they are versatile.  You can serve them on their own as an appetizer, in spaghetti, or my favorite: in a meatball sub.  But, meatballs can be really fatty and greasy and all those things that make stuff taste really good but also cause heart disease and farts.  These meatballs are full of flavor but are very lean so you can get a lot of protein without all the grease.

Here’s what you need:

1 large onion, minced

3 cloves of garlic, minced

2 tbsp olive oil

1 lb lean ground beef

2 tbsp chopped Italian parsley

1 egg, beaten

Red chile flakes

Salt and pepper

1/4 cup of white wine

1/4 cup of beef broth

Pasta sauce

Okay so first, you want to sautee the onion in the olive oil on medium heat until it begins to caramelize, about 8-10 minutes.  Then add the garlic and let it sautee for another 5-6 minutes.  Turn the heat off and let the mixture cool a bit.

In a large mixing bowl, mix the ground beef, parsley, pepper flakes, a pinch of salt and pepper, and the egg.  You can mix it with a fork or a spoon or something but I used my hands.  It’s kinda gross, but it’s the most effective way to mix it all up.   After the onions and garlic have cooled a bit, add them too.  After it’s all mixed in, roll the meatballs in your hand.  You should be able to make between 40-50 half-inch meatballs.

Next we want to add the white wine and beef broth to a large sautee pan along with the meatballs.  Cook them on medium-high for about 5 minutes on each side.  If you want to speed it up a bit you can cover the pan and steam the meatballs through that way.  If you make them as small as I suggest they don’t need long to cook at all.

Now, that’s it.   So, you have a choice to make.  Do you just, eat them?  Like popcorn?  Sure, you can.  Do you eat them with pasta?  Yes, you may.  Personally, I poured about 3/4 of a jar of pasta sauce over them and then ate them with bread as a sub.  Because, well.  Meatball subs are just great.  And this one is really not even so bad for you.  As always, the recipe is sugar free, and 4 meatballs = 2 Weight Watchers points.  A meatball sub with 6 meatballs, 1/2 cup of pasta sauce and a French roll is only 11 Weight Watchers points.  Can’t go wrong.

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