At Nonni’s Table: Homemade Meatballs

by Sarah, age 12

I learned to make AMAZING Italian food at our Chow Bella Kids cooking camp called “At Nonni’s Table.” Nonni means grandma in Italian. We made lots of great foods from fantastic recipes. But you don’t need your grandma to make them if you know how to do it yourself!

My favorite was the homemade meatballs because they really tasted like home!

I love learning to cook dishes that my mom makes for me at home, and that I can cook for my own kids some day. Plus, the meatballs and sauce smell so good when they’re cooking.

We made ours on an afternoon when  it was really cold and windy outside. The combination of homemade meatballs, tomato sauce and lots of noodles made me feel really cozy inside.

Before you start cooking, always read the recipe!

When you cook, you want to try to make your food as healthy as possible without tasting gross.

We never made these before, so we measured carefully.

Our meatballs were healthy AND great-tasting because we made them with ground turkey and lean beef, plus eggs, water, minced onions, herbs and bread crumbs.

Here’s what our ingredients looked like before we mixed them up.

And here’s what they looked like all rolled into balls. Mixing and rolling is a blast!

And the tomato sauce is good for you because it has lots of lycopene, Vitamin C and other healthy stuff.

This simple recipe is great for kids and adults, too.

Everyone in your whole family will want seconds. I guarantee it!

Here’s our marinara sauce. Can’t you just smell the tomatoes, onions and garlic?

Recipe: Meatballs to Put In Marinara Sauce

Note: If you are a younger kid, you will need an adult’s help with the oven. But you can do all the mixing and rolling yourself!

 What you need:

• 1/2 pound lean ground beef

• 1/2 pound ground turkey

• 1 egg

• 2 tablespoons water

• 1/2 cup bread crumbs

• 3 tablespoons minced onion

What you need to know:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

2. In a large bowl, mix together the ground beef, egg, water, bread crumbs, and minced onion. Roll into small meatballs.

3. Bake in preheated oven for 20 to 25 minutes, turning once.

4. Add to marinara sauce, heat through and serve over pasta

5. Enjoy your homemade supper!

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2 responses to “At Nonni’s Table: Homemade Meatballs

  1. Yummy! I love meatballs. In fact I taught that fun meatball cooking camp. Kids get excited about cooking meatballs. I’m not sure why but I never met one that didn’t enjoy them.

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