I love pasta and meatballs, but I’ve also been trying to eat less meat, so I decided to try making this Italian classic with Tuna Meatballs. It turned out to be all the deliciousness without any of the guilt of eating too much meat.
I decided to add a little zing to my marinara to compliment the Tuna Meatballs, but if you prefer a less spicy sauce or want to use your favorite jarred variety of spaghetti sauce feel free to make the changes.
This is your dinner and it should be made the way you want it!
What Ingredients do I need to make Tuna Meatballs?
Let’s start by gathering the ingredients we need to make my Tuna Meatballs. In Chef Speak this is called the “Mise en Place” which translates to “Everything in its Place”.
Not only does setting your ingredients up ahead of time speed up the cooking process, it also helps ensure you have everything you need to make the dish.
How do I make Tuna Meatballs?
The process of making these delicious Tuna Meatballs couldn’t be easier!
In the bowl of your food processor add the tuna, garlic, basil, breadcrumbs, egg and seasonings. Pulse the mixture until fully mixed and the tuna is shredded.
Once fully combined, roll the mixture into 8 meatball shaped tuna balls
Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a frying pan and sear the tuna balls for 3-4 minutes. When you have some color on the tuna meatballs transfer them onto a plate and refrigerate them until needed.
*Get some color on two sides of the tuna meatballs, don’t try and sear the entire ball or it will break up.
*You can make the tuna meatballs ahead of time, refrigerated. When you’re ready add them to the sauce during the last part of the simmering stage.
Can I freeze the tuna meatballs?
Yes, you can. Let them freeze solid on a tray then place the frozen tuna meatballs into a ziplock bag or container until needed. Use within 6 weeks of freezing.
How Do I make Spicy Marinara Sauce?
- In the same pan you seared the tuna meatballs, add the olive and saute the onions and garlic for 1-2 minutes on medium heat until fragrant.
- Add the crushed tomatoes and spices to the pan.
- Bring the marinara to a light boil and reduce the heat to a simmer. Simmer for 20 minutes.*If the sauce is thick, add a little water to the pan.
- After simmering the sauce for 20 minutes, taste and re-season the sauce if needed.
- Carefully place the tuna meatballs into the sauce, spooning some of the sauce over top of the meatballs and continue simmering while the pasta is cooking.
Do I have to make a spicy marinara?
No, you don’t. You can make a regular marinara or use your favorite store-bought spaghetti sauce.
Wouldn’t you love to sit down to a bowl of my linguine with tuna meatballs? It’s a pasta dish you don’t have to feel guilty about.
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