The first class of “Cooking With A Southern Soul” was so good!  Lot’s of giggles, a couple of serious questions about ingredients and yummy food made the night a HIT.  New friendships were made and heading home, I had a big smile on my face just thinking about the special time that was shared.  I love those pony tailed students and their beautiful spirits.  They are willing to step outside their “norm” and experiment with new flavors and food – awesome! I can’t wait for this Thursday so that we can make more food and memories.

Meatballs in Marinara

Nothing beats a plate of warm pasta and hot homemade meatballs.
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Course: Main Course, Pasta
Cuisine: Italian
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings: 4
Author: Donya |



  • 2 lbs ground beef
  • 1 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 eggs - beaten
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • salt and pepper


  • 2 cans of San Marzano crushed tomatoes
  • 1 medium onion diced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 Tablespoons sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh basil - torn



  • Place all ingredients in a large mixing bowl. With "a cook's best tools" mix gently with your hands being careful not to over work. 
  • Using an ice cream scoop, roll mixture into 1 1/4 inch balls. Place on a parchment lined baking sheet and cook at 375 degrees for 30 minutes or until brown. 
  • Meatballs can be made a day ahead and stored in fridge. To serve, place meatballs in marinara sauce and simmer for 30 minutes.


  • Heat olive oil in large stock pot. 
  • Add onion and cook on medium low heat until onions are translucent. 
  • Add garlic and cook for approximately 2 minutes being careful not to burn. 
  • Add tomatoes and other ingredients - except basil. Simmer on low for 15 minutes. This can be done while meatballs are cooking in oven. 
  • When meatballs are done, add to the sauce. Right before serving, add fresh basil and serve with or without pasta and lots of grated Parmesan cheese!
The Dinner!


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