Oct 10, 2014

Frozen Friday - Mama Mancini's Beef Meatballs in Italian Sauce

Mama Mancini's Beef Meatballs in Italian Sauce comes with 8 meatballs in a simple marinara sauce. According to the package, it's all natural and made from antibiotic-free beef, which would explain why the only place nearby me that carries them is Whole Foods.

Whole Foods had this for $8.99, which is on the pricey side as it tends to be closer to $7 at other supermarkets (that don't happen to be anywhere near me). Fortunately, I had a coupon from the company for a free one. Unfortunately, it only covered the cost up to $6.99, so this ended up costing me $2 plus tax.

If you're the type to worry about ingredients that you have to look up, Mama Mancini's Beef Meatballs are made with the same stuff you might use if you were to make these from scratch at home.

The meatballs turned out pretty tasty with a definite beefiness and light seasoning. They were tender but turned out a bit firmer than I'd prefer; I like the softer, spongier meatballs that usually comes from loading up on breadcrumbs. I think they kept the breadcrumbs to a minimal here and ground the beef on the fine side. (Update 10/13/14 - somehow the meatballs felt more tender the reheated the day after...)

Like the meatballs, the sauce was tasty, simple, and thick. It's mostly just tomatoes and just a few seasonings so you get the full flavor of the tomatoes (without added sugar) accented with just a few notes of onion, garlic, and bay leaves.

Overall, Mama Mancini's Meatball were really good taste-wise and decent on the texture front. It's good with pasta and the like, but I consider it too firm for a sub sandwich. I think you'd end up just pulling the meat out trying to bite it and end up with some all-bread bites.

Nutritional Info - Mama Mancini's Beef Meatballs in Italian Sauce
Serving Size - 2 meatballs and sauce (142g)
Calories - 140 (from Fat - 80)
Fat - 9g (Saturated Fat - 4g)
Sodium - 450mg
Carbs - 6g (Sugar - 4g)
Protein - 9g

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