Monday, October 26, 2009

Rigatoni with Meatballs

Rigatoni with Meatballs

1 lb ground beef
1/2 cup bread crumbs
1/3 cup Parmesan cheese - reduced fat
1/4 cup parsley, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
3 large eggs
Salt and pepper
Olive oil
1 lb pasta (Rigatoni)
1 jar store bought sauce - or homemade (I was too lazy last night.)
1 small can Tomato sauce
Fresh basil
Extra Parmesan cheese

Combine meat, bread crumbs, cheese, parsley, garlic, eggs, salt and pepper. Mix together softly with hands. Over-mixing will cause the meat to be tough. Roll into small balls. Heat oil in a pan over medium heat. Add meatballs and turn to brown on all sides. While the meatballs are working, prepare the sauce. When I use jar sauce, I like to doctor it up. Add the jar sauce to a pot. Add a small can of tomato sauce, basil, oregano, salt and pepper. Once the meatballs are browned on all sides, add to the sauce. Add a little extra cheese to the sauce. Cook the noodles; drain and combine with the sauce.

Chad's rating: 10/10
Amy's rating: 10/10
Meatballs melt in your mouth. Very good!

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