Easy Pasta and Spicy Mini Meatballs

This hearty dish is quick enough to make when you get home from a busy day at work yet fancy enough to serve your guests for a Sunday dinner! Add a simple crisp, green salad and some garlic bread to make this a meal to remember. Here’s a recipe for this awesome dish that provides 6 large servings-

Begin by mixing ground beef, Italian sausage, bread crumbs, salt and egg in a medium sized mixing bowl. Be careful not to over mix the mixture as it can cause the meatballs to be tough. Roll meatballs by rolling them to about 1- 1 1/2″ wide, larger ones are okay if you prefer them, but make sure they are uniform in size so they cook evenly.

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Using a large skillet, fry the meatballs over medium high heat, turning frequently, until browned all over and then remove them to a plate and set aside. They do not need to be completely cooked through at this point. Drain off excess grease in the pan but leave 2 tablespoons of grease remaining. Add the chopped garlic to the hot pan and stir, scraping the bottom to release the remaining bits from cooking the meatballs.

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Continue sautéing until the garlic turns golden (about 1 minute), being careful to not burn the garlic, and then quickly add the onions, green peppers and zucchini, stirring occasionally, until they are limp and translucent (about 5 minutes). Add the oregano and basil. Stir for a moment, turn heat down to medium and then add the puree. Stir; return the meatballs to the pan, draining any juices left on the dish into the sauce as well. Push the meatballs into the sauce to cover them and allow them to slowly simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally, while you cook the macaroni according to the package directions.

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Drain the macaroni shells and add to the meatballs and sauce, mixing well. Sprinkle liberally with parmesan cheese and serve!

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Easy Pasta with Spicy Mini Meatballs
2015-01-08 09:49:48
This hearty dish is quick enough to make when you get home from a busy day at work yet fancy enough to serve your guests for a Sunday dinner! Add a simple crisp, green salad and some garlic bread to make this a meal to remember. Here's a recipe for this awesome dish that provides 6 large servings.
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Ingredients
  1. 1 pound of bulk Italian sausage (sweet or hot, whichever you prefer)
  2. 1 pound lean ground beef
  3. ½ cup plain or Italian bread crumbs
  4. 1 egg
  5. 1/2 tsp. salt
  6. 2 tablespoons of minced garlic
  7. ¾ cup each of chopped zucchini, onion and green pepper
  8. 1 teaspoon dried oregano (or 1 tablespoon of fresh, chopped oregano)
  9. 2 teaspoons dried basil (or 2 tablespoons of fresh, chopped basil)
  10. 1 29 ounce can of tomato puree
  11. 1 12 ounce bag of shell macaroni
  12. Parmesan cheese, grated
Instructions
  1. 1.       Gently mix ground beef, Italian sausage, bread crumbs, salt and egg in medium size mixing bowl. Be careful not to over mix the mixture as it can cause the meatballs to be tough.
  2. 2.       Roll meatballs by rolling them to about 1- 1 1/2" wide, larger ones are okay if you prefer them, but make sure they are uniform in size so they cook evenly.
  3. 3.       Using a large skillet, fry the meatballs over medium high heat, turning frequently, until browned all over and then remove them to a plate and set aside. They do not need to be completely cooked through at this point.
  4. 4. Drain off excess grease in the pan but leave 2 tablespoons of grease remaining. Add the chopped garlic to the hot pan and stir, scraping the bottom to release the remaining bits from cooking the meatballs.
  5. 5. Continue sautéing until the garlic turns golden, being careful to not burn the garlic, and then quickly add the onions, green peppers and zucchini, stirring occasionally, until they are limp and translucent.
  6. 6. Add the oregano and basil. Stir for a moment, turn heat down to medium and then add the puree.
  7. 7. Stir; return the meatballs to the pan, draining any juices left on the dish into the sauce as well. Push the meatballs into the sauce to cover them and allow them to slowly simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally, while you cook the macaroni.
  8. 8. Cook the macaroni according to the package directions.
  9. 9. Drain the macaroni shells and add to the meatballs and sauce, mixing well.
  10. 10. Sprinkle liberally with parmesan cheese and serve!
By Fay
Tasteful Eats http://tastefuleats.com/
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