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    Three things I love in the Fall: autumn leaves, cozy family nights & comfort food! Today, I am sharing with you a delicious recipe for Paleo Meatballs with Marinara Sauce – true comfort food for this fall weather. You want to know something else that I love? Easy & delicious weeknight meals! I loved that I didn’t spend much time in the kitchen while making this meal and was able to spend more time with my family at the table.

    A special Thank You to Ragu for sponsoring this post and inspiring me to share with you one of our family traditions.  I hope you will take a minute to visit our sponsor’s website to learn more about the Ragu heritage story and for great Ragu Pasta Sauce Recipes.

    Growing up, I enjoyed helping my mother and grandmother in the kitchen. It was always fun to watch them cook, help as much as a little kid can help in the kitchen (like licking cake batter off a spoon :)). They taught me how to cook, told me stories and we just had a good time. I learned a lot about cooking just by watching and helping with small chores. My grandmother taught me by example that cooking for your family is an expression of your love for them. She always told me that everything tastes better if it’s cooked with love. And I hope to pass down her love for cooking to my children one day.

    I grew up in Bulgaria, a small Mediterranean country close to the Black Sea, bordering south with Greece and Turkey. Since I’ve moved to the States, I have been wanting to learn to cook as many traditional family recipes as possible. One of my favorite meals at home involved meatballs and with the help of my Mom, I was able to recreate those delicious meatballs and I am sharing the recipe with you today. I put my own spin  on it by making it Paleo.

    Paleo Meatballs with Marinara Sauce

    How to Make Paleo Meatballs

    What you need

      • 1 lb ground beef
      • 1 lb ground pork sausage (or ground pork)
      • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
      • 3 cloves garlic, minced
      • 1 egg
      • 1 tsp salt
      • 1/2 tsp black pepper
    • 1/4 cup chopped parsley

    Sauce

      • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
      • 3 medium carrots, sliced
      • 16 oz marinara sauce
      • 1 Tbsp honey
      • 1/2 cup red wine
      • 3 cloves garlic
      • salt and pepper to taste
      • Italian seasoning
    • 1 Tbsp freshly chopped basil

    Preparation

    Preheat oven to 400 F degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

    Mix all the meatballs ingredients together in a large bowl. Shape the mixture into meatballs. (I ended up with about 30 meatballs.) Place all meatballs onto the baking sheet.

    Paleo Meatballs with Marinara Sauce

    Bake for about 30 minutes or until meatballs are done and browned.

    Sauce

    Saute chopped onion in a large skillet until translucent. Add to the skillet the chopped carrots and season carrots & onion with salt to taste. Cover with a lid and saute for couple minutes, until tender. Pour Ragu marinara sauce, honey and red wine over the vegetables in the skillet, and stir everything. Simmer uncovered for about 5 minutes.

    Paleo Meatballs with Marinara Sauce

    Add minced garlic and freshly chopped basil, and stir everything.

    Add meatballs to the marinara sauce and pour the sauce over them. Garnish with freshly chopped basil if you want.

    Paleo Meatballs with Marinara Sauce

    You can serve the Italian meatballs with marinara sauce over gluten free spaghetti, pasta or mashed potatoes. Enjoy!

    Many of you don’t have time to spend all day making a delicious pasta sauce and that’s why sauces like Ragu pasta sauce are so popular. #simmeredintradition #ragu It comes from a family recipe and is slow simmered so you don’t have to. And guess what? Ragu pasta sauce has a similar story to my story. It was a traditional family recipe brought over to the States  and preserved over the years, just like I try to preserve my family’s recipes and heritage. Here is the Ragu story:

    “This is the story of Assunta Cantisano. The story of a woman and a dream. Assunta made the voyage from Italy to America with a little something extra up her sleeve, her family’s recipe for tomato sauce– a secret and sublime combination of vine-ripened tomatoes, fresh basil, fennel, garlic and ground pepper, meticulously writing down every detail and hiding it for safe passage. She must have known she was onto something when the neighbor’s raved about it. Then the neighbor’s neighbors. Word spread, and when people in Iowa started grabbing it off the shelves, well, the legend was off and running.

    It wasn’t easy, Assunta grew up in a man’s world during our nation’s toughest time– the Great Depression. And in a time when people expected less, she gave them more. When people were forced to put their hopes, dreams and aspirations on the back burner, Assunta placed hers decidedly on the front burner. Her recipe literally became the recipe for her success…Thus, Ragú pasta sauce was born! Hundreds of pasta sauces have graced the shelves over the past 80 years, but only one has become America’s number one!

    Ragu. Crafted with Passion. Simmered in Tradition.”

    Visit the campaign landing page to discover the Ragu heritage story!

    Paleo Meatballs with Marinara Sauce

    Paleo Meatballs with Marinara Sauce - Juicy meatballs in a tomato & basil sauce. Only 30 minutes! Perfect weekday comfort food. #paleo #glutenfree #dinner #meatballs
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    Paleo Meatballs with Marinara Sauce

    Paleo Meatballs with Marinara Sauce - Juicy meatballs in a tomato & basil sauce. Only 30 minutes! Perfect weekday comfort food.
    Prep Time 10 minutes
    Cook Time 30 minutes
    Total Time 40 minutes
    Servings 10
    Calories 343kcal

    INGREDIENTS

    Sauce

    INSTRUCTIONS

    • Preheat oven to 400 F degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
    • Mix all the meatballs ingredients together in a large bowl. Shape the mixture into meatballs. (I ended up with about 30 meatballs.) Place all the meatballs onto the baking sheet.
    • Bake for about 30 minutes or until meatballs are done and browned.

    Sauce

    • Saute chopped onion in a large skillet until translucent. Add to the skillet the chopped carrots and season carrots & onion with salt to taste. Cover with a lid and saute for couple minutes, until tender. Pour marinara sauce, honey and red wine over the vegetables in the skillet, and stir everything. Simmer uncovered for about 5 minutes.
    • Add minced garlic and freshly chopped basil, and stir everything.
    • Add meatballs to the marinara sauce and pour the sauce over them. Garnish with freshly chopped basil if you want.
    • You can serve the Italian meatballs with marinara sauce over gluten free spaghetti, pasta or mashed potatoes. Enjoy!

    NUTRITION

    Serving: 205g | Calories: 343kcal | Carbohydrates: 16.9g | Protein: 25.2g | Fat: 17.8g | Saturated Fat: 5.7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 12.1g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 96mg | Sodium: 966mg | Fiber: 2.5g | Sugar: 8.1g
    Course Main Course
    Cuisine Italian

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    October 5, 2015

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    Comments

    amanda sakovitz

    I like it in lasagna

    Birdiebee

    My favorite way to use marinara sauce is over cheese manicotti.

    Christy Peeples DuBois

    It would not let me pin using the pin on the rafflecoptor entry for some reason so I pinned from the post and took the entry option but since I don’t know what we were actually to be pinning wasn’t sure if this would count.

      Delicious Meets Healthy

      That’s fine, Christy! Thanks for letting me know!

    Christy Peeples DuBois

    My family eats marinara sauce on cheese bread sticks and cheese sticks when we are having a cheat snack.

    Dawn Monroe

    One of my favorite ways to enjoy marinara sauce is with cheese sticks or bread sticks.

    Jillian Too

    I would love to try the Chunky 7-Herb Tomato sauce.

    Heather Dawn

    I like it on top of spaghetti squash.

    Shashi at RunninSrilankan

    Your photos are wonderful – they sure make it hard to sit on this side of the screen and NOT drool!

    Emily N.

    I like to put it on spaghetti squash.

    Christine | Mid-Life Croissant

    I love meatballs and don’t make them oftenenough. Looking forward to trying these.

      Delicious Meets Healthy

      Hope you give them a try, i know you will love them! Thanks for stopping by!

    Meghan

    5 stars
    My fav way to use marinara sauce is in baked ziti. Love!

      Delicious Meets Healthy

      yes, that’s tasty! 🙂

    Joan O

    Favorite way to use marinara sauce is on pasta.

      Delicious Meets Healthy

      Marinara sauce and pasta is a match made in heaven!

    HS

    I like to use marinara sauce making baked chicken parmesan.

      Delicious Meets Healthy

      I admit that’s one of my favorite ways to use marina sauce as well!

    shaunie

    I would have to say making lasagna

    Kristen

    I like to use it over stuffed shells with veggies and ricotta.

      Delicious Meets Healthy

      This sounds delicious!!

    Alison H.

    I use marinara sauce for lasagna and other pasta dishes.

    Joanie @ Zagleft

    What beautiful pictures! This recipe sounds so hearty and delicious and I loved reading how Ragu was started. Thank you for sharing!

    Sabrina @ Dinner, then Dessert

    These look delicious! I love any excuse to bust out the cast iron skillet!

    Jennifer Stewart

    My trainer is always asking me for Paleo recipes so I think that is one that I am going to share with her! She buys about 15 lbs of ground beef a week for her and the kids so this will be a great recipe for her. She likes minimal prep and something that she can eat for leftovers!

    Judy Thomas

    5 stars
    I love to use it in a lasagna or with spaghetti. This recipe looks delish! Thanks

    latanya

    in spaghetti

    Angelica

    My favorite way to use marinara sauce is in stuffed eggplants. Yum!

    Linda

    I look to use marinara sauce to make homemade thin crust pizza.

      Delicious Meets Healthy

      Sounds great! Love thin crust pizza! 🙂

    Rosie

    5 stars
    I like to use Marinara sauce for my green beans – fresh green beans covered with Marinara and bake them in the oven so good!

      Delicious Meets Healthy

      Rosie, that sounds absolutely amazing! 🙂 I will have to give it a try!

    tara pittman

    I love using sauce on pasta

    Betsy Rubendall Barnes

    5 stars
    I would love to try the Ragu Creamy Tomato Sauce. I had no idea they made this, would be great in a lot of my recipes 🙂

    Cathy French

    We don’t use marinara sauce very often but we love fried cheese sticks and marinara as a dip.

    Faye Gates

    That looks so good. Now I’m hungry for Italian, and it’s like 10:30 in the morning. I will have it for dinner. You two make a very attractive couple.

      Delicious Meets Healthy

      Thanks, Faye! 🙂 I know, I am getting hungry myself. Hope you enjoy it for dinner!

    Kristen

    Yum! This dish is gorgeous! So pretty and delicious looking too!
    kris

      Delicious Meets Healthy

      Thanks, Kristen! Yes, these meatballs were the bomb! And that sauce.. yummy!

    Wendi

    5 stars
    Fabulous recipe! Your photos are beautiful too! 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

      Delicious Meets Healthy

      Thank you, Wendi! Glad you like it!

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