Contadina® Baked Meatballs in Tomato Herb Sauce


Served on hot cooked pasta with Parmesan cheese, homemade baked meatballs in a rich tomato sauce make a delicious family-favorite dinner.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
35 mins
6 servings


  • 1 (6 ounce) can CONTADINA® Tomato Paste, divided

  • 1 egg

  • 2 teaspoons dried basil, divided

  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano, divided

  • ½ teaspoon onion powder

  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder

  • ½ teaspoon pepper

  • 1 ½ cups fresh bread crumbs*

  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese

  • ½ cup golden raisins, coarsely chopped (Optional)

  • 1 ¼ pounds lean ground beef or ground turkey, 93% lean (not turkey breast)

  • 2 (14.5 ounce) cans CONTADINA® Diced Tomatoes, undrained

  • 1 teaspoon sugar

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • Cooked pasta


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with foil; coat with cooking spray.

  2. Combine 1/2 can tomato paste, egg, 1 tsp. each basil and oregano, onion powder, garlic powder and pepper in a large bowl. Stir in bread crumbs, Parmesan and raisins.

  3. Mix in turkey with hands or a large spoon until mixture is combined well. Shape into 16 meatballs, about 1 1/2-inches in diameter. Bake 20 minutes or until browned and cooked through (165 degrees F internal temperature).

  4. Meanwhile, stir together remaining tomato paste, diced tomatoes, 1 tsp. each oregano and basil, sugar and salt in a large saucepan. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, 10 minutes. Add baked meatballs to sauce and simmer 5 minutes for flavors to blend. Serve meatballs and sauce over pasta with Parmesan cheese, if desired.


* Three slices firm white bread, crusts removed, yield about 1 1/2 cups fresh bread crumbs.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

696 Calories
24g Fat
86g Carbs
34g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 696
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 24g 31%
Saturated Fat 10g 48%
Cholesterol 108mg 36%
Sodium 728mg 32%
Total Carbohydrate 86g 31%
Dietary Fiber 7g 24%
Total Sugars 14g
Protein 34g
Vitamin C 1mg 4%
Calcium 139mg 11%
Iron 5mg 30%
Potassium 572mg 12%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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