STUFFED SAUCY MEATBALLS & PASTA

Stuffed Saucy Meatballs & Pasta --
 
  • Total Recipe Time: 45 minutes
  • Makes 4 to 6 servings

INGREDIENTS

  1. 1-1/2 pounds Ground Beef
  2. 2 eggs, slightly beaten
  3. 1/2 cup seasoned bread crumbs
  4. 3 cloves garlic, minced
  5. 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh oregano, divided
  6. 1 teaspoon salt
  7. 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  8. 12 small balls fresh mozzarella cheese (about 1/3 ounce each)
  9. 1 jar (25 to 26 ounces) red pepper pasta sauce or other pasta sauce
  10. Hot cooked spaghetti rigati or linguine
  11. Fresh oregano sprigs (optional)

INSTRUCTIONS FOR STUFFED SAUCY MEATBALLS & PASTA

  1. Heat oven to 400°F. Combine Ground Beef, eggs, bread crumbs, garlic, 1 tablespoon chopped oregano, salt and pepper in large bowl, mixing lightly but thoroughly. Divide mixture into 12 equal portions. Lightly shape into patties. Place 1 mozzarella ball in center of each patty. Shape beef around cheese until completely enclosed inside forming meatballs. Place meatballs on aluminum-foil-lined 15 x 10-inch baking pan. Bake in 400°F oven 15 to 20 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, heat pasta sauce in large saucepan until hot, stirring occasionally. Add meatballs and cook until heated through, about 5 minutes.
  3. Spoon meatballs and sauce onto pasta. Sprinkle with 1 tablespoon chopped oregano. Garnish with oregano sprigs, if desired.
  • Test Kitchen Tips
  • Cooking times are for fresh or thoroughly thawed Ground Beef. Ground Beef should be cooked to an internal temperature of 160ºF. Color is not a reliable indicator of Ground Beef doneness.
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