Meatballs in marinara sauce

A great family recipe! As soon as I put the pan on the table, a feast begins.


Difficulty: Medium

Time: 30 min. preparation time, 0 min. baking time

Nutrition: Calories ca 308 / Protein 23g / Carbohydr. 24g / Fat 13g

Ingredients (4 servings)

300 gground beef
3 tbspbreadcrumbs
250 mlpureed tomatoes
1 tbsptomato paste
1 clovegarlic
10 leavesbasil
1 tsprosemary (chopped)
1 tspthyme (chopped)
2 tspsugar
vegetable oil for frying
rice or toasted bread to serve


deep frying pan with lid, large bowl, small frying pan, cooking spoon, cutting board, knife

Wine Tip

Probiotic Yogurt Drink
This yogurt drink is available in many fruit flavors. An apricot flavored drink would suit the meatballs best. The characteristic mildness of the yogurt leaves a soft fruity echo.

Step 1

Meatballs in marinara sauce

Finely dice one onion and half a garlic clove.

cutting board, knife

1 onion / 0.5 clove garlic

Step 2

Meatballs in marinara sauce

Sauté both in a small frying pan in some vegetable oil until the onion is translucent.

small frying pan, cooking spoon

vegetable oil for frying

Step 3

Meatballs in marinara sauce

Cut basil into fine strips.

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10 leaves basil

Step 4

Meatballs in marinara sauce

Next, mix ground beef, breadcrumbs, egg, sautéed onion and garlic, basil, salt, and pepper in a bowl.

large bowl, cooking spoon

300 g ground beef / 3 tbsp breadcrumbs / 1 egg / salt / pepper

Step 5

Meatballs in marinara sauce

Use hands to make small balls from the mixture, approx. 3 cm in diameter.

Step 6

Meatballs in marinara sauce

For the sauce, dice the onion, carrot, half a garlic clove, mushrooms, and tomatoes.

cutting board, knife

1 onion / 0.5 clove garlic / 4 mushrooms / 1 carrot / 4 tomatoes

Step 7

Meatballs in marinara sauce

Sauté the cut vegetables in some vegetable oil. Add pureed tomatoes and season with sugar, salt, and pepper. Allow to reduce on a low heat for approx. 15 – 20 min.

deep frying pan with lid, cooking spoon

1 tbsp tomato paste / 250 ml pureed tomatoes / vegetable oil for frying / 2 tsp sugar / salt / pepper

Step 8

Meatballs in marinara sauce

Meanwhile, finely chop rosemary and thyme.

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1 tsp rosemary / 1 tsp thyme

Step 9

Meatballs in marinara sauce

Next, add chopped herbs and meatballs to the tomato sauce and simmer for approx. 10 – 15 minutes with closed lid until the meatballs are cooked. Serve with rice or toasted bread.

rice or toasted bread to serve