Thursday, November 21, 2013

Pasta With Meatballs

This is an easy recipe of a classic. I've used ground round but feel free to use what meat you like.

1 package pasta
1 lb lean beef (ground round)
1/8 - 1/4 tsp each; salt, pepper
1/8 tsp red pepper flakes
3  1/2 c pasta sauce
1 - 2 cloves chopped and crushed garlic
1- 2 eggs (cage free) or egg substitute (adjust amount needed)
1/8 - 1/4 c each: bread crumbs, diced onion, bell peppers (adjust amount needed)
1/2 tsp each: parsley, oregano, basil
1 - 3 T oil (enough to coat pan)

Cook pasta according to package instructions. 

Set aside oil and pasta sauce. 

In a mixing bowl combine remaining ingredients. Mix well with clean hands. Form meat mixture into 16 meatballs. 

Preheat skillet to medium high heat. lower heat to medium, add oil. Place meatballs in pan and brown on 1 side for 7 - 10 min approx. Turn meatballs over and brown on other side for 7 - 10 min. more. 

Remove meatballs from pan and drain excess fat from pan if needed.  

Return meatballs to pan and pour pasta sauce over meatballs. Cook meatballs and sauce for 10 minutes, or until done. 

Serves 4.

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