Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Working Mom's Recipe of the Week

Serves 8
Time = 1 hr

4 slices white bread, crusts removed
1/3 c low-fat milk
1 onion, diced
3 garlic cloves, diced
2 T olive oil
1 large egg
1 t salt
1 t sugar
1/4 t black pepper
1 t dried thyme
1 t dried basil
1/4 c shredded Parmesan cheese
2 lb lean ground beef*
Cooking spray
4 c marinara sauce
4 hoagie rolls, split in half
Pre-shredded part-skim Mozzarella cheese

Preheat oven to 375 F.
Tear bread apart and place in a bowl. Pour milk over and let sit.
Saute onions and garlic in olive oil over medium heat until soft and opaque. Remove from heat and let cool.
Crack egg into a large glass bowl and beat with a fork. Add salt, pepper, thyme, basil and cheese - stir.
Stir in onions and garlic.
Add beef and bread to bowl. Use fingers to mix thoroughly, breaking up the bread.
Coat a large cookie sheet with cooking spray.
Form meatballs - 1 inch rounds - and place on cookie sheet. The meatballs can be nearly touching because they will shrink in the oven.
Bake at 375 F for 30 minutes or until lightly brown on top and juices are clear.
At the same time, heat marinara sauce on stove over medium heat.One serving equals half a hoagie roll with 3 meatballs, 1/4 c sauce and 1 T Mozzarella cheese.

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