Prosciutto Meatballs with Crushed Tomato Sauce

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SERVES 8* - START TO FINISH: 15 minutes preparation, 20 to 30 minutes to bake, 20 minutes to simmer
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Cooking Notes

For lower fat, use ground turkey that contains only breast meat.

Several companies, such as Progresso, make dry breadcrumbs. Either plain or Italian-style will work. If you have homemade crumbs, use those if you like.

Prosciutto Meatballs with Crushed Tomato Sauce

3 ounces thinly sliced prosciutto
12 ounces extra-lean ground beef
12 ounces ground turkey*
1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
1 tablespoon chopped fresh Italian flat leaf parsley
2 egg yolks
2 tablespoons prepared dry breadcrumbs*
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
Nonstick cooking spray
Crushed Tomato Sauce, (click here for recipe)
Cooked pasta of choice, optional

Cook prosciutto (like bacon) in a nonstick skillet until almost crispy. Chop into small bite-size pieces and put it into a medium mixing bowl. Add beef, turkey, cheese, parsley, egg yolks, breadcrumbs, salt and pepper. Mix well with your hands. (Clean hands well with antibacterial soap after handling raw meat.)

Spray a large jelly roll pan (12.5 x 17.5 inches) with nonstick cooking spray. Pinch off a small amount of meat mixture and roll between your hands to form a ball about the diameter of a quarter. Place on prepared pan. Repeat with remaining meat.

Preheat oven to 350 F. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, uncovered, until meatballs are cooked through. (While meatballs cook, make Crushed Tomato Sauce, click here for recipe.)

Remove from oven. Place meatballs in Crushed Tomato Sauce, and simmer for at least 20 minutes and up to several hours. Serve with toothpicks or over favorite pasta.

Prosciutto Meatballs with Crushed Tomato Sauce

Approximate Values Per Meatball (without pasta or sauce)l: 32 calories (52% from fat), 2 g fat (.5 g saturated), 21 mg cholesterol, 3.5 g protein, trace amount carbohydrates, trace amount dietary fiber, 78 mg sodium

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