Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Meatballs in Mushroom Sauce

Carlos and I like this dish a lot. Sometimes we just have it with some sauté vegetables or serve it over pasta. It is so versatile that you can even eat it with rice or make sandwich out of it. Instead of frying the meatballs, I used the oven baking method to cook and brown the meatballs. If you have a large crowd to feed this will be a great dish to serve.The ground beef is cheap and so is the pasta. This recipe serves 4-5 so you need to double or triple the ingredients if you need to feed a large crowd.



Ingredients:

1 ¼ pound ground beef
½ cup Italian breadcrumbs
1 egg
½ medium size onion – finely chopped
2 cloves garlic – finely chopped
3 tbsp chopped parsley
4 tbsp grated parmesan cheese
½ tsp salt
½ tsp black pepper

Mushroom Sauce:

8 oz white button or cremini mushrooms – slice thinly
2 cloves garlic – finely chopped
3 tbsp butter
3 tbsp flour
2 cups beef broth
½ cup milk
½ tsp pepper
½ tsp red pepper flakes
2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
Salt to taste


1. Heat oven to 450 degree F. Mix ground beef, garlic, egg, breadcrumbs, cheese, parsley, onion, salt, and pepper in a large bowl. Mix well. Shape mixture into 1 1/2" meatballs; place on a well greased baking pan. Bake 25 min. or until instant-read thermometer inserted into the center of a meatball reads 160 degree F. Set the meatballs aside.
2. Meanwhile, for sauce, melt butter in a large sauté pan over medium heat. Add the garlic and mushrooms; cook, stirring until soft and lightly brown, about 5-6 min. Sprinkle in flour; cook, stirring it for 2 min.
3. Gradually stir in broth with a whisk, stirring, until sauce thickens, about 15 min. Whisk to make a smooth sauce. Stir in Worcestershire sauce and pepper, pepper flakes. Add in the meatballs. Let it simmer until the meatballs are warm throughout.
4. Add in the milk and bring it up to a slow boil. Add this stage if the sauce is too thick you can add a little bit more stock or water to it. Check seasonings.
5. Serve it warm with your favorite pasta.


Note: The meatballs and sauce can be refrigerated for a make-ahead meal.Just re-heat it over medium heat and if the sauce is too thick you can always add a little bit more water to it. You can also replace the ground beef with, chicken, turkey or lamb.

13 comments:

Mel said...

I just made meatballs with mushrooms too; a different version. But yours looks real delicious too!

3 hungry tummies said...

mmmm great midweek meal :)

Shereen said...

Yum!I am very sure the boys will love this a lot.Meatballs and cream mushroom is a sure winner in this household.Thanks for sharing:)

Elin said...

Wow..this looks delish ! I love pasta too compared to rice. I shall try out this recipe. I have never make mushroom sauce before and thanks for sharing the recipe :) Have bookmarked this!

Ann@Anncoo Journal said...

My boys also love meatballs with mushrooms with red sauce. Next time I definitely try with white sauce, looks very delicious too!

Jeannie said...

This will be a favorite in my household:D

AbbotCottage said...

These fellow gonna make me workout for the whole day, or else, don't take any rice for the whole week..yummy!!

Sonia (Nasi Lemak Lover) said...

This is my 3rd times seeing meatball post today, hahaha..I think i have to make some meatballs too. Your sound simply and yummy.

edith said...

coincidentally I too prepared meatballs for last night dinner. I think my kids will like your version.

My Little Space said...

Oh boy, love pasta in any form and this looks truly mouthwatering. Must have pasta on this weekend.
Kristy

Clare Chua said...

The combination of my favourite! Pasta and mushroom sauce!

ICook4Fun said...

Mel, thank you and I will swing by your blog to check out your version :)

Suresh, yes it is :)

Shereen, I like cooking this once a while and with the leftovers we can have another meal out of it.

Elin, thank you. Hope you will try out this sauce as I like it better than the red sauce.

Ann, I am sure your boys are going like this as it taste very much like the mushroom soup.

Jeannie, :)

ICook4Fun said...

Abbotcottage, ha ha eat first and workout later :)

Sonia, yea I saw it too. Many bloggers post on meatballs this week.

Edith, yea I saw your posting of it :)

Kristy, thank you.

Clare Chua, they are such a great combi :)