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Spinach Balls in Spicy Tomato Sauce

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  • Total Time: 25 mins


  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, grated
  • 1 lb frozen chopped spinach, thawed
  • 1/4 - 1/2 tsp salt (to taste)
  • 1/8 tsp black pepper
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • 3 tbsp raisins
  • 2 tbsp pine nuts


  1. Heat olive oil in a non stick skillet. Add garlic and cook over medium - low heat for 2 minutes. Add spinach and continue cooking for 10 minutes. Add salt, pepper, lemon zest and raisins and cook until all the water has evaporated and spinach is dry, about 6-8 more minutes
  2. In the meantime, place pine nuts in a dry pan and toast over medium heat for 3-5 minutes,stirring frequently and keeping an eye on them so they don't burn
  3. When spinach is ready, remove from heat, add pine nuts and mix well. Set aside until cool enough to handle
  4. Once the spinach has cooled and working with about 1 tablespoon at a time, form "meatballs" by rolling them in your hands. Carefully place them in a wide pan with the spicy tomato sauce and warm up over low heat


The spinach balls are delicate, make sure you handle them with care.
if you don't have time to make your own tomato sauce use your favorite pasta sauce and add some hot red pepper flakes for heat

  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 15 mins

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