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Cincinnati's Sacred Heart Meatballs

Cincinnati's Sacred Heart Meatballs

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  • Makes: 4 servings
  • Prep 30 mins
  • Cook 38 mins to 40 mins

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  • 2 -3 3/4-inch thick slices Italian bread
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup fine dry bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup grated Romano or Parmesan cheese (or a blend of both)
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2 tablespoons snipped fresh Italian (flat-leaf) parsley
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning, crushed
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 8 ounces lean ground pork
  • 1 tablespoon cooking oil
  • 2 26 - ounce jar LaRosa's Family Recipe Original Pasta Sauce or meatless pasta sauce (about 6-2/3 cups)
  • 8 ounces dried spaghetti or linguine
  • Finely shredded Romano or Parmesan cheese (optional)


  1. In a medium bowl, soak the bread slices in 1/4 cup water for 5 minutes. Finely chop bread (you should have about 3/4 cup).
  2. In a large bowl, beat egg. Stir in chopped bread, onion, bread crumbs, 1/4 cup cheese, 2 tablespoons water, parsley, olive oil, garlic salt, Italian seasoning, black pepper and red pepper. Add beef and pork to egg mixture; mix well.
  3. Using a 2-ounce ice cream scoop or a 1/4 cup measure, scoop out meat mixture into 16 mounds. Wet hands; shape mounds into balls.
  4. In a large skillet, heat cooking oil over medium heat. Cook half of the meatballs at a time in hot oil for 8 to 10 minutes or until done (an instant-read thermometer inserted into meatballs should register 160 degrees F), turning to brown evenly. Remove meatballs from skillet; drain on paper towels. (Or, transfer meatballs to a 13x9x2-inch baking pan. Omit cooking oil. Bake meatballs in a 350 degree F oven for 20 minutes; drain.)
  5. In a 4-quart Dutch oven, bring pasta sauce to boiling; reduce heat. Add meatballs to pasta sauce. Simmer, covered, for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  6. Meanwhile, cook pasta according to package directions. Serve meatballs and sauce over hot cooked pasta. If you like, sprinkle with shredded Romano cheese. Makes 4 servings.

Nutrition Facts

(Cincinnati's Sacred Heart Meatballs)

Servings Per Recipe 4, Fat, total (g) 36, Thiamin (mg) 0, vit. C (mg) 6, carb. (g) 115, sat. fat (g) 11, Niacin (mg) 2, Riboflavin (mg) 0, chol. (mg) 156, Folate (µg) 6, Polyunsaturated fat (g) 3, Monounsaturated fat (g) 11, fiber (g) 12, Cobalamin (Vit. B12) (µg) 0, Potassium (mg) 196, sodium (mg) 2312, sugar (g) 36, pro. (g) 46, iron (mg) 8, vit. A (IU) 870, calcium (mg) 172, vit. A (RE) 36, cal. (kcal) 989

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