Meatballs and Marinara for Ages 6–18

An old-fashioned recipe that is still a big hit. Ground beef, rice, and marinara sauce unite to make a delicious lunch or supper.
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¼ cup vegetable
2 oz eq meat
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Team Nutrition CACFP Easy Recipe Project
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Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 30 mins

Ingredients
 

  • ¼ cup Brown rice, instant, uncooked
  • ¼ cup Water
  • 1 Egg, fresh, large
  • 1 lb Beef, ground, 90% lean, fresh or frozen, thawed
  • tsp Onion powder
  • 1 tsp Oregano, dried
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • ¼ tsp Black pepper, ground
  • cups Marinara sauce

Quantity
 

  • ¼ cup Brown rice, instant, uncooked
  • ¼ cup Water
  • 1 Egg, fresh, large
  • 1 lb Beef, ground, 90% lean, fresh or frozen, thawed
  • tsp Onion powder
  • 1 tsp Oregano, dried
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • ¼ tsp Black pepper, ground
  • cups Marinara sauce

Ingredients
 

  • ¼ cup Brown rice, instant, uncooked
  • ¼ cup Water
  • 1 Egg, fresh, large
  • 1 lb Beef, ground, 90% lean, fresh or frozen, thawed
  • tsp Onion powder
  • 1 tsp Oregano, dried
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • ¼ tsp Black pepper, ground
  • cups Marinara sauce

Quantity
 

  • ¼ cup Brown rice, instant, uncooked
  • ¼ cup Water
  • 1 Egg, fresh, large
  • 1 lb Beef, ground, 90% lean, fresh or frozen, thawed
  • tsp Onion powder
  • 1 tsp Oregano, dried
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • ¼ tsp Black pepper, ground
  • cups Marinara sauce
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Ingredients
 

  • ¼ cup Brown rice, instant, uncooked
  • ¼ cup Water
  • 1 Egg, fresh, large
  • 1 lb Beef, ground, 90% lean, fresh or frozen, thawed
  • tsp Onion powder
  • 1 tsp Oregano, dried
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • ¼ tsp Black pepper, ground
  • cups Marinara sauce

Quantity
 

  • ¼ cup Brown rice, instant, uncooked
  • ¼ cup Water
  • 1 Egg, fresh, large
  • 1 lb Beef, ground, 90% lean, fresh or frozen, thawed
  • tsp Onion powder
  • 1 tsp Oregano, dried
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • ¼ tsp Black pepper, ground
  • cups Marinara sauce
*See Marketing Guide

Ingredients
 

  • ¼ cup Brown rice, instant, uncooked
  • ¼ cup Water
  • 1 Egg, fresh, large
  • 1 lb Beef, ground, 90% lean, fresh or frozen, thawed
  • tsp Onion powder
  • 1 tsp Oregano, dried
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • ¼ tsp Black pepper, ground
  • cups Marinara sauce

Quantity
 

  • ¼ cup Brown rice, instant, uncooked
  • ¼ cup Water
  • 1 Egg, fresh, large
  • 1 lb Beef, ground, 90% lean, fresh or frozen, thawed
  • tsp Onion powder
  • 1 tsp Oregano, dried
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • ¼ tsp Black pepper, ground
  • cups Marinara sauce
*See Marketing Guide

Ingredients
 

  • ¼ cup Brown rice, instant, uncooked
  • ¼ cup Water
  • 1 Egg, fresh, large
  • 1 lb Beef, ground, 90% lean, fresh or frozen, thawed
  • tsp Onion powder
  • 1 tsp Oregano, dried
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • ¼ tsp Black pepper, ground
  • cups Marinara sauce

Quantity
 

  • ¼ cup Brown rice, instant, uncooked
  • ¼ cup Water
  • 1 Egg, fresh, large
  • 1 lb Beef, ground, 90% lean, fresh or frozen, thawed
  • tsp Onion powder
  • 1 tsp Oregano, dried
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • ¼ tsp Black pepper, ground
  • cups Marinara sauce
*See Marketing Guide

Instructions
 

  • Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Preheat oven to 400 °F.
  • In a medium microwave-safe bowl, combine rice and water. Cover. Place in the microwave for 3 minutes or until rice is tender. Remove from the microwave. Fluff with a fork. Allow rice to cool for 5 minutes.
  • In a small bowl, beat egg with a whisk or fork.
  • In a medium bowl, combine ground beef, egg, cooked rice, onion powder, oregano, Worcestershire sauce, and black pepper. Mix.
  • Divide meatball mixture into 12 even portions (1 ½ oz each). Roll into meatballs.
  • Place meatballs on a baking sheet. 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.
  • In a small microwave-safe bowl, add marinara sauce. Cover. Heat marinara sauce for 2 minutes. Heat to 140 °F or higher for at least 15 seconds. Remove from the microwave. Stir.
  • Serve 2 meatballs with ¼ cup sauce. Serve immediately, or keep warm at 140 °F or higher.

Nutrition INFORMATION

Nutrition Facts
Meatballs and Marinara for Ages 6–18
Amount Per Serving (2 meatballs and ¼ cup marinara sauce)
Calories 188 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 9g14%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 72mg24%
Sodium 455mg20%
Total Carbohydrates 11g4%
Dietary Fiber 3g13%
Protein 16g32%
Calcium 32mg3%
Iron 2mg11%
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*Marketing Guide
The CHEF TIPS:

  • 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 meal that may be higher in sodium or saturated fat.

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