Cheesy Meatballs with Tomato and Herb Sauce
By The Gourmet Farm Girl
1 pound ground beef
1/2 pound pork sausage (mild)
1 small onion chopped
3 tablespoons ketchup
1 egg
1 cup soft bread crumbs (gound fine)
1 cup milk
1/2 teaspoon dried mustard
1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon ground garlic
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 teaspoon dried parsley
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 pound fresh mozzarella cheese (cut into small chunks)
1 cup Gruyere cheese (shredded)
Small bunch of flat leaf parsley and purple basil for garnish
Preheat oven to 375 degrees
Spray a muffin tin with cooking spray; set aside
In a large mixing bowl combine all of the above; except the cheese.
Place 2-3 tablespoon of the meatball mixture in the bottoms of the muffin tin. Gently press some of the meat mixture up on the sides to form a pocket.
Place a chunk of the mozzarella cheese into each pocket. Cover with remaining meatball mixture to form a ball.
Place the muffin tin on a heavy cookie sheet (to catch any greese that may run out) bake in the oven for 25 minutes; remove pan from the oven and with a large spoon turn each meat ball over to expose the bottoms. Return to the oven for an additional 5 minutes to brown the bottoms.
Remove from the oven and turn each meatball right side up and top with the grated Gruyere cheese.
Place spaghetti noodles on plate and place 2-3 meatballs on top; cover with Tomato and Herb Sauce; garnish with fresh chopped flat leaf parsley.
Yields: 10 meatballs
While meatball are in the oven make the following sauce and cook your favorite pasta according to package directions.

Tomato Sauce with Herbs

By The Gourmet Farm Girl

1 29 ounce can tomato sauce

1 small onion chopped
2 teaspoons dried basil
2 teaspoons dried oregano
1 teaspoon granulated garlic
1 Tablespoon dried parsley
1 Tablespoon brown sugar
extra virgin olive oil
salt and pepper to taste

In a large deep skillet over medium heat drizzle 2-3 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil; sauté chopped onions for 2-3 minutes till soft. Add the tomato sauce, herbs, brown sugar, salt and pepper.

Cover with a tilted lid to allow some of the steam to escape. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 30 minutes; stirring often.

 ENJOY!