• Level:Easy
  • Total: 1 hr 20 min
  • Active: 30 min

  • Yield:4 to 6 servings


1 pound ground beef, preferably 80/20 (80 percent lean)

1 large egg, lightly beaten

1/2 small onion, finely diced

1/2 cup long-grain white rice

1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley, plus more for serving

1 teaspoon Italian seasoning

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

2 tablespoons olive oil

One 28-ounce can tomato puree

1/4 cup ketchup


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Use your hands to mix the ground beef, egg, onion, rice, parsley, 1/2 teaspoon of the Italian seasoning, 1/4 teaspoon of the garlic powder, 1 teaspoon salt and several grinds of pepper in a large bowl until well combined. Roll the meat mixture into 24 balls (each about 2 heaping tablespoons and 1 inch in diameter).
  3. Heat the olive oil in a large, high-sided oven-proof skillet over medium-high heat. Once shimmering, add the meatballs and cook until lightly browned on all sides, 1 to 2 minutes per side. Reduce the heat to medium, then stir in the tomato puree, ketchup, remaining 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning, remaining 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder, 1/2 teaspoon salt and several grinds of pepper until the sauce is combined and meatballs are well coated.
  4. Cover with a tight-fitting lid and transfer to the oven. Bake until the meatballs are cooked through and no longer pink, the rice is tender and poking out and the sauce has reduced slightly, about 50 minutes. Carefully remove from the oven and top with more chopped parsley.

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