Meatballs and Marinara USDA Recipe for Child Care Centers

Age Group: Ages 3-5
Serving Size: 25-50
An old-fashioned recipe that is still a big hit. Ground beef, rice, and marinara sauce unite to make a delicious lunch or supper.
CACFP CREDITING INFORMATION
¼ cup vegetable
1½ oz eq meat
SOURCE
Team Nutrition CACFP Easy Recipe Project
TeamNutrition.USDA.gov
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Prep Time 50 minutes
Cook Time 28 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 18 minutes

Instructions
 

  • Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Preheat oven to 400 °F.
  • In a medium pot, combine water and rice. Bring to a boil on medium-high heat. Once it begins to boil, reduce heat to low. Cover. Cook for 10 minutes or until rice is tender and water is absorbed. Remove from heat. Fluff with a fork. Allow rice to cool for 5 minutes.
  • In a medium bowl, beat eggs with a whisk or fork.
  • In a large bowl, combine ground beef, eggs, cooked rice, onion powder, oregano, Worcestershire sauce, and black pepper. Mix.
  • Using a #30 scoop (about 2 Tbsp), make meatballs (1 oz each).
    For 25 servings, make 50 meatballs.
    For 50 servings, make 100 meatballs.
  • Place meatballs on a sheet pan (18" x 26" x 1") lined with parchment paper. Bake for 10 minutes. Heat to an internal temperature of 165 °F or higher for at least 15 seconds. Remove from the oven. Wash hands after touching uncooked ground beef and eggs.
    For 25 servings, use 2 pans.
    For 50 servings, use 4 pans.
  • In a medium pot, heat marinara sauce on medium-high heat, about 6–8 minutes. Stir often. Heat to 140 °F or higher for at least 15 seconds. Remove from the stove. Stir.
  • Serve 2 meatballs with ¼ cup sauce. Serve immediately, or keep warm at 140 °F or higher.

Nutrition INFORMATION

Meatballs and Marinara USDA Recipe for Child Care Centers
Amount Per Serving
 
2 meatballs and ¼ cup marinara sauce
Calories
150
Total Fat
 
8
g
12
%
Saturated Fat
 
2
g
13
%
Cholesterol
 
59
mg
20
%
Sodium
 
439
mg
19
%
Total Carbohydrate
 
10
g
3
%
Dietary Fiber
 
3
g
13
%
Total Sugars
 
0
g
0
%
Protein
 
12
g
24
%
Calcium
 
27
mg
3
%
Iron
 
2
mg
11
%
N/A=data not available
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Notes

  • Contains eggs. Worcestershire sauce can be a hidden source of common
    allergens, which include milk, peanuts, tree nuts, eggs, fish, shellfish, soy,
    wheat, and sesame.
  • Serve a variety of foods during the week to balance out an occasional lunch
    or supper item that may be higher in sodium or saturated fat.
Yield / Volume
25 Servings:
Weight: 6 lb 1 oz
Yield: 50 meatballs with 1 qt 2¼ cups sauce
50 Servings:
Weight: 12 lb 2 oz
Yield: 100 meatballs with 3 qt ½ cup sauce