Meatballs and Chicken Sausage

Mix together 1lb of lean ground pork and lean ground sirloin, 1 egg, 2 tbsp Italian Seasoning, salt and pepper, 1.3 cup fresh grated Parmesan, 1 tsp nutmeg, 2 slices of whole wheat bread picked into small pieces, 3 cloves of garlic minced..Form into meatballs and place on broiler pan, drizzle with olive oil and bake for 30 min at 350 degrees. Place in slow cooker with sauce, cover and cook low for about 4 hours.

I bought these beautiful italian Chicken Sausages with Fennel at Joesph’s Classic Market ( where I buy all my meats, fish and produce..so fresh and inexpensive) , that I also placed in a separate baking dish, pierced with a knife and baking along with the meatballs. When sausages done cooking slice into 1-2 inch pieces and throw them into the sauce.

I am “semi” baking the meatballs and chicken sausage, so that I can put them in a Slow Cooker or Crock Pot with sauce and cook on low for about 4 hours to incorporate all the flavors….

I also bought these nests of whole wheat linguine, which i will just add to boiling water later to cook the rest of the way..And of course extra Parmesan cheese.

Meatballs

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Our Sunday Italiano feast today! 🙂

1 lb lean ground beef

1/2 lb ground pork

4 cloves of garlc diced

3/4 cup Italian bread crumbs ( I use pank0 or brown rice bread crumbs or I use 3 -4 slices of whole wheat bread and tear small pieces into the bowl)

1/2 cup reduced fat grated parmesean cheese

salt and pepper

1 tbsp Italian Seasoning ( fresh is best…parsley, basil and oregano)

1 egg

In a large mixing bowl put all ingredients into the bowl. Mix well with hands. Form into medium-large size balls. Place on broiler pan to catch all the drippings which will decrease your fat intake! Bake in oven at 350 for 40 min. Heat sauce on stove top. ( I use 3 cans of Italian Crushed tomatoes and add in fresh Italian herbs) Place meatballs in sauce ,cover and lower heat to a simmer. Simmer for about 25mins. Serve over whole grain pasta with sauce and additional Parmesan cheese!

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