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Thursday, May 6, 2010

Dinner tonight!

This is one recipe you do not want to miss out on!!! It smells heavenly and taste amazing!!! Cheese, pasta, meatballs, and marinara sauce! Talk about a Tour of Italy! I took a recipe out of Family Circle's April edition and tweaked it a bit. Changed it from ground turkey to ground beef only because I had that out and it needed to be cooked. Tripled the marinara sauce because it needed a lot more and you can never have too much cheese, right? What I liked about this recipe is the recipe for meatballs. This was the first time meatballs stayed together, they never fell apart during any of the process...love it! Would try these meatballs in a sauce over spaghetti or as an appetizer at a party. Enjoy!

Baked Pasta & Meatballs


1pkg ground meat approx 1 1/2 pounds
2 cups cornflakes, finely crushed (crush first then measure)
2 eggs lightly beaten
¾ tsp Italian seasoning
½ tsp salt
¼ tsp black pepper
1 box pasta (12oz)
2 to 3 jars (26-28oz) marinara sauce (any kind feel free to mix different sauces)
2 cups shredded mozzarella

1. Heat oven to 400 and line a jelly roll pan with nonstick foil-or spray your foil if it is not nonstick.
2. In a large bowl, combine meat, cornflakes, eggs, seasoning, salt and pepper. Shape into 12-15 meatballs, 1/4 cup each (I just made them round, and then after I cooked them and added to pasta, I cut up because my kiddos wouldn't go for the big one!)
 
3. Transfer to prepared jelly roll pan and bake at 400 for 15mins. Turn and bake additional 15 mins.  Meanwhile cook pasta about 1-2 mins less than you normally would.
 
4. Coast a 9x13 or larger baking dish with nonstick cooking spray; add pasta. Toss with the meatballs and marinara and 1 1/2 cup of the cheese. Scatter remaining 1/2 cup over dish. Bake uncovered at 400 for 25mins. Let stand 10 mins before serving! Yummy!!!!

1 comment:

The Mills Family said...

Wow Nina, you've posted some really yummy looking recipes recently!! I'm sure my boys would love the meat balls and those shrimp tacos look SO good!!! Thanks for the recipes and keep them coming :)