I am acutely aware that this picture is covered in SO much mozzarella cheese that you cannot see the delicious marinara I actually made from scratch...please just believe me. The broken cell phone camera saga STILL continues as well (ugh).
Let me tell you that this started off as a "quick" meal. When I say quick think instant. You can do this one of 3 ways:
1. Frozen Italian style meatballs & jarred marinara sauce
2. Make your own meatballs & jarred marinara sauce (thats how the recipe was originally)
3. Make your own meatballs and marinara sauce (how I decided to go)
I had a pound of 80/20 ground beef and purchased a can of San Marzano style tomatoes. I followed the directions on the little meatballs precisely HOPING that they wouldn't turn out dry. HALLELUJAH they did not! For the sauce I quickly pulsed the tomatoes to a puree (not quite it was a little too chunky actually), added some dried herbs *GASP* yes dried herbs people its all I had (oregano, basil, parsley), minced garlic, salt substitute and pepper. I simmered until reduced. Ok here is where I messed up. When I saw that the marinara was too chunky I should have given it a whirl in the food processor again. I didn't. But the taste was delicious. I know I know its not a true marinara like I found online, but I didn't have celery and carrots and all that stuff! This was....kind of sweet. I just loved the tomatoes!
Mini Meatball Sandwiches
(courtesy of Pioneer Woman Cooks)