Braised Mini Meatballs

(makes 12 servings)
Weight loss recipes : Braised Mini Meatballs


  • 1½ pounds extralean ground beef
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • ½ cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • ¾ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup dry red wine (or reduced-sodium beef broth)
  • ¼ cup low-sodium tomato paste
  • 2 cups reduced-sodium beef broth
  • 2 teaspoon granular sugar substitute


  • In a large-size bowl, combine the beef, eggs, onion, parsley, basil, pepper, and salt. Mix well with wooden spoon. Form into 36 meatballs.
  • In a large-size skillet over medium-high heat, heat the oil. Add the meatballs (in batches, if necessary) and brown all over, 5-7 minutes.
  • Remove to a plate and pour off fat from the skillet. Return the meatballs to skillet and reduce heat to low.
  • In a small-size bowl, whisk together the wine (or reduced-sodium beef broth) and tomato paste. Pour over the meatballs. Simmer over low heat, stirring occasionally, about 10 minutes until the tomato mixture has thickened.
  • Add the broth and continue to simmer about 30 minutes. Stir in the sugar substitute. Serve warm or at room temperature. Garnish with additional parsley, if desired.

Make 12 Servings:

Weight loss recipes Amount Per Serving : 120 Calories, 15 g Protein, 3 g Carbohydrates, 0 g Dietary Fiber, 4.5 g Fat, 1.5 g Saturated Fat, 132 mg Sodium


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