Ingredients Jump to Instructions ↓

  1. 8 to 10 slices applewood smoked bacon

  2. 1 pound ground chuck

  3. 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

  4. 1 package onion soup mix

  5. 1/2 cup panko bread crumbs

  6. 1 tablespoon coarse black pepper

  7. 1 tablespoon beef stock

  8. 8 to 10 bocconcini mozzarella balls

  9. 1/4 cup olive oil

  10. 1 yellow onion, finely diced

  11. 2 tablespoons minced garlic

  12. 2 tablespoons freshly chopped basil leaves

  13. 2 tablespoons freshly chopped oregano leaves

  14. 1 tablespoon coarse ground black pepper

  15. 2 (14-ounce) cans crushed tomatoes

  16. 2 (14-ounce) cans diced tomatoes in puree

  17. 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

  18. 1 tablespoon chicken bouillon

Instructions Jump to Ingredients ↑

  1. Meatballs:

  2. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

  3. Arrange the bacon slices on a sheet pan . Put in the oven and bake until crisp, about 8 to 10 minutes. Remove the bacon from the pan to a cutting board and chop. Set aside.

  4. In a large bowl, mix together the beef, Worcestershire, onion soup mix, bread crumbs, black pepper, stock and the chopped bacon.

  5. Form portions of the meat around bocconcini to make smooth balls. Arrange the meatballs on a sheet pan with a rack and bake until thoroughly browned, about 10 to 15 minutes.

  6. Marinara:

  7. Add the oil to a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. When the oil is hot add the onion, garlic, basil, oregano and pepper and saute for a few minutes. Stir in the crushed and diced tomatoes, red pepper flakes and the bouillon. Lower the heat and simmer for 10 to 15 minutes.

  8. Remove the meatballs from the pan to a serving platter and serve with the marinara sauce .


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