Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Happy New Year with Pasta and Meatballs!


They may not be elegant but they certainly make a hearty and delicious New Year's lunch. With freezing temperatures and snow on the ground these bolster you up for whatever is coming your way in 2013!

This is a forgiving dish, make double and freeze a batch, or just leave them in the fridge for a couple of days and live off them, they get better and better. Use the leftovers to make a meatball sub, just fill a bread roll, cover with mozzarella, place in some aluminium foil and pop in the oven to crisp the bread and melt the cheese. Scrumptious.

Pasta and Meatballs.

1 box of your favorite pasta

1 lb of ground beef
1 egg
2 tablespoons of grated Parmesan cheese
A couple of hearty shakes of Worcestershire sauce
1 piece of sandwich bread with crusts cut off
1 tablespoon of whole milk
1 bunch of finely chopped parsley
salt and freshly ground black pepper
Pinch of nutmeg
Olive oil
2 jars of your favorite pasta sauce (I used Rao' Marinara Sauce)
A dash of heavy cream (optional)

Cut the crusts of the piece of sandwich bread, place on a saucer and pour over a tablespoon of milk. 

In a large bowl add the meat, egg, Parmesan cheese, salt and pepper, Worcestershire sauce, parsley and nutmeg. 

Squeeze the excess milk out of the bread, break it up into small pieces and add to the meat mixture.

With your hands gently combine.  Taking a tablespoon at a time roll into meatballs and place on a baking tray lined with parchment paper.  The meatballs can be covered and refrigerated over night at this point.

Heat a large pan with a tablespoon or so of olive oil, add the meatballs and brown. You will have to do this in batches, remove the browned meatballs to a plate and cover with foil to keep warm until all are browned.


When all the meatballs are browned, wipe out any excess fat in the pan.  Place them all back in the pan and add the marinara sauce.  Sprinkle with a little more parsley.  

Bring to the boil and turn down to a simmer until the meatballs are cooked through.

Meanwhile make the pasta according to the package directions. 

When the meatballs are cooked add a dash of cream if desired.

Drain the pasta, place in a large bowl and pour the meatballs and sauce over the top.  Toss together. Sprinkle with more chopped parsley, freshly ground black pepper and Parmesan cheese.

28 comments:

  1. Your photo makes a delicious and bold statement with BIG pasta and BIG meatballs. I'm warmed up just looking at it.

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  2. This looks so tasty - I bet it really hits the spot :))
    Perfect comfort food - yummy!!!

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  3. I love pasta and meatballs, they are so comforting and a family favourite :-) x

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  4. Brilliant - we love meatballs - can never have enough recipes. Happy new Year!

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  5. Happy New Year! That's a great new year's dish!

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  6. the leftovers you describe sound amazing too!

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  7. A wonderful meal to start the New Year! Typical Sunday dinner for me growing up!! Elegant has no taste, just looks! Happy New Year, Mary. All the best for 2013. xo

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  8. Happy New Year Mary! I'm getting hungry just looking at the wonderful photos of your meatballs and pasta!

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  9. That looks great, wish I had a big ole bowl right now! Happy 2013-enjoy:@)

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  10. I think pasta is just about the most comforting of all foods - yours looks so delicious! The sauce!! Happy New Year to you and yours!

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  11. Take it from an Italian, these look delicious. I love pasta and meatballs. As a matter of fact it is my favorite meal.

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  12. Everyone loves pasta and meatballs! A crowd pleaser, for sure. Happy 2013!! :)

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  13. Look delicious, ah you are in trining again LOL
    I whish you a wonderful and nice New year with all your family Mary!

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  14. Those meatballs are making me hungry! Yum. Happy New Year!

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  15. This looks delicious! Leftovers would be gobbled up in no time at all, in my house!
    Happy New Year! Wish you the very best in 2013!

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  16. Pasta and meatballs, I could live on food like this, especially the next day, when the flavor is so much better. Happy 2013 Mary! So glad I `met´ you.

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  17. The ultimate comfort food in my book!!! Happy new year, Mary!!

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  18. Elegant or not, a perfectly yummy way to start the new year. I usually bake my meatballs these days; too impatient, I guess. I should fry them again. Happy New Year, Mary.

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  19. Just what the doctor ordered. Thank you Mary!

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  20. Mary, these look and sound fantastic! It seems to me that Italian never grows old. I could eat it everyday and it seems to be a hit whenever I serve it to others. I saw one of the Rao brothers years ago on television make their sauce and that's the recipe I've used ever since. I make a huge batch and freeze it, so yummy! It is really nice to know though that they sell the stuff too, there's nothing like it!

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  21. Happy New Year to you! I would love some meatballs about now - they look amazing.

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  22. Happy New Year, Mary! Your meatballs with pasta looks soooo yummy! Great comfort food for sure to get us through the winter.

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  23. Happy New Year, Mary.
    Meatballs are a favourite with my lot. These look particularly good.

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  24. This looks delicious! My grandma always made meatballs on New Years. :) Cheers Mary!

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  25. One of my favorite things in the whole world! These are irresistible! Happy New Year!

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  26. A staple in my house and a godsend on a busy weeknight or even just because......a true comfort meal.

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  27. Elegant, schmelegant! This is something my whole family would enjoy!

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