Toddler Eats: Nonna's Sicilian Meatballs | Tuesdays with Jacob

Toddler Eats: Nonna's Sicilian Meatballs

September 8, 2016

Jacob's Nonna came over from Sicily when she was just a little girl. She brought with her some of the most mouthwatering Italian recipes you've ever tasted, passed down from her mother. She's shared some with us over the years and with her blessing I'm going to share with you one of Jacob's favorites today - Nonna's meatballs. 

These are super easy to thrown together and only need to cook for 30 minutes. During that time you can prep your noodles, sauce, and any sides, making this the perfect meal for a busy weeknight. 

It's perfect for weekends too when you are looking for comfort food and can even be fancied up for an at-home date night with some canolis for dessert! 

Here's the recipe! 

Nonna's Sicilian Meatballs

1 lb. ground chuck ( or sirloin)
1/2 cup italian bread broken up (use your food processor!)
2 cloves chopped garlic
1/2 cup Logatelli Parmesan cheese
1 large egg*
1 TBSP fresh chopped parsley
dash of salt
teaspoon pepper
1/2 cup warm water

* If you have an egg allergy you can leave out the egg and they will turn out just fine!

1. Mix all ingredients until well combined
2. Form into 2-3 inch balls
3. Bake on a well greased pan for 30 minutes at 350. 

Nonna also has a recipe for tomato sauce, but that's a recipe for another day. On busy weeknights when I don't have time to make sauce from scratch, Ragu Homestyles give us the same delicious taste. 

Ragu uses all the same spices Nonna does simmered in their sauces, and contains no artificial flavors, colors, or high fructose corn syrup. My favorite flavor is their Thick & Hearty Four Cheese because it's chunky and really clings to the noodles. 

I love that I'll be able to pass this recipe down to Jacob as part of his Italian heritage, and who knows, maybe someday I'll be making it for my grandkids too!

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