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- 1 recipe Mealmaker Meatballs (see recipe below)
- 8 ounces dried pappardelle pasta or fettuccine
- 1 medium fennel bulb, trimmed and cut into thin, bite-sized strips
- 1 medium onion, quartered and thinly sliced
- 2 medium carrots, thinly bias-sliced
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 tablespoon olive oil or cooking oil
- 1 26 ounce jar spicy red pepper pasta sauce or mushroom and ripe olive pasta sauce
- Salt and ground black pepper
- 4 ounces Italian fontina or mozzarella cheese, shredded (1 cup)
- 2 ounces Parmesan or Romano cheese, finely shredded (1/2 cup)
1. Prepare and bake Meatballs. In a large pot or kettle cook pasta according to package directions until just tender; drain.
2. Meanwhile, in a 10-inch skillet cook fennel, onion, carrots, and garlic in hot oil over medium heat for 7 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Return pasta to cooking pot. Add vegetable mixture, meatballs, and pasta sauce to pasta; toss to coat. Heat through. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Top each serving with the shredded cheeses. Serves 6.
- Prepare as above, except do not heat through. Transfer to a large freezer container or 1-gallon moisture- and vapor-proof plastic freezer bag. Cover container or seal bag. Place cheese in a self-sealing freezer bag. Freeze pasta mixture and cheese up to 1 month. To serve, thaw pasta mixture and cheese in refrigerator 1 to 2 days or until completely thawed. Transfer pasta mixture to a 3-quart microwave-safe casserole. Micro-cook, covered, on 100 percent power (high) for 15 to 20 minutes or until heated through, gently stirring every 5 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve as above.
- Prepare as above, except do not heat vegetables and pasta through. Divide pasta-meatball mixture and transfer to 4-quart storage containers or 1-gallon resealable plastic bags for each member of the club. Divide cheese in resealable plastic bags. Refrigerate pasta mixture and cheese up to 2 days. To freeze, transfer to 4-quart freezer containers or 1-gallon moisture- and vapor-proof plastic freezer bags. Freeze up to 1 month.
- You can cook a double batch of the vegetables by using a 12-inch skillet; the vegetables will cook in 15 minutes
- Thaw pasta mixture, if frozen, and cheese in refrigerator for 1 to 2 days or until completely thawed. Transfer refrigerated or thawed pasta mixture to a 3-quart microwave-safe casserole; add 14 cup water. Micro-cook, covered, on 100% power (high) for 15 to 20 minutes or until heated through, gently stirring every 5 minutes. Serve as above.
Yield: 24 meatballs
- 1 egg, beaten
- 1 1/4 cups soft French or Italian bread crumbs
- 1/4 cup finely chopped onion
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano or dried thyme, crushed
- 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper or 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1 pound lean ground beef
1. Preheat oven to 400 degree F. Line a 15x10x1-inch baking pan with foil; set aside. In a large bowl combine the egg, bread crumbs, onion, garlic, oregano, salt, and pepper. Add beef; mix well. Shape into 24 meatballs (about 1 tablespoon mixture per meatball). Arrange meatballs in prepared pan. Bake 15 minutes or until juices run clear. Drain off fat. Makes 24 meatballs.
2. Each meatball: 41 cal, 2 g total fat (1 g sat. fat), 21 mg chol., 71 mg sodium, 1 g carbo., 0 g fiber, 4 g pro.
- Use a blender or food processor to make soft breadcrumbs. About 1-1/2 ounces of break makes 1 cup of crumbs.
- The job is quick when one person makes the meatballs while others perform other tasks. Set aside a spot at the kitchen table for the meatball maker to sit.
- Servings Per Recipe 6,
- cal. (kcal) 515,
- Fat, total (g) 22,
- chol. (mg) 112,
- sat. fat (g) 9,
- carb. (g) 47,
- Monosaturated fat (g) 8,
- Polyunsaturated fat (g) 1,
- fiber (g) 5,
- sugar (g) 9,
- pro. (g) 31,
- vit. A (IU) 2770,
- vit. C (mg) 10,
- Thiamin (mg) 0,
- Riboflavin (mg) 0,
- Niacin (mg) 5,
- Pyridoxine (Vit. B6) (mg) 0,
- Folate (µg) 109,
- Cobalamin (Vit. B12) (µg) 1,
- sodium (mg) 935,
- Potassium (mg) 229,
- calcium (mg) 333,
- iron (mg) 4,
- Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet