But I find that if I take an extra 10 minutes, I can make meatballs from scratch, with a fresh tomato sauce...it really doesn't take long to cook and the taste is way better than bottled sauce.
MEATBALLS IN TOMATO SAUCE
1 lb ground beef
1/4 cup bread crumbs
1 tsp dried oregano
1/4 tsp pepper
1 tsp garlic powder (I use McCormick's)
1/2 medium onion, finely chopped (You'll need the other half for the sauce)
In a medium bowl, mix all the ingredients together and form into medium sized meatballs. I get about 16 from each batch.
Place in an ungreased oven proof dish and set aside. Preheat the oven to 375º.
2 garlic cloves, chopped
1/2 medium onion, finely chopped
1 small can tomato sauce
2 tsp tomato paste
salt and pepper
1 cup water
Add a little bit of olive oil to the saucepan and then add the onions and garlic, cook over medium heat for a 2 or 3 minutes.
Add the remaining ingredients and simmer for 10 minutes.
Pour over the meatballs.
Sprinkle with Mozzarella cheese
and bake in a 375º oven for about 30 minutes.
Serve with spaghetti!