Rating: 4 stars
2 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 0
  • 4 star values: 2
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
  • 2 Ratings

These meatballs, inspired by the Italian classic osso buco, are tucked into a bed of pasta. This Americanized version is accented with a chunky sauce of carrots, onion, and fennel.

Source: Better Homes and Gardens

Gallery

Recipe Summary

prep:
40 mins
cook:
8 mins
Servings:
6
Advertisement

Meatballs in Pasta Nests

Ingredients

Ingredient Checklist

Directions

Instructions Checklist
  • In a large bowl combine egg, bread crumbs, garlic, sage, salt, and pepper. Add ground meat; mix well. Shape into 1-inch meatballs.

    Advertisement
Instructions Checklist
  • In a large skillet cook meatballs in hot oil over medium heat for 8 to 10 minutes or until brown on all sides and cooked through (160°F). Remove meatballs from skillet, reserving drippings for use in Lemony Vegetable Sauce. Cover meatballs and keep warm.

Instructions Checklist
  • In a large saucepan or Dutch oven cook vermicelli nests according to package directions, stirring snipped fennel leaves and lemon peel into cooking water. Using a slotted spoon, carefully transfer nests to a colander to drain. Meanwhile, prepare Lemony Vegetable Sauce.

Instructions Checklist
  • To serve, divide vermicelli nests among dinner plates. Top with sauce and meatballs. If desired, garnish with fennel leaves.

Nutrition Facts (Meatballs in Pasta Nests)

352 calories; total fat 16g; saturated fat 4g; cholesterol 97mg; sodium 411mg; carbohydrates 31g; fiber 6g; protein 21g; vitamin a 2672IU; vitamin c 12mg; calcium 61mg; iron 2mg.

Lemony Vegetable Sauce

Ingredients

Ingredient Checklist

Directions

Instructions Checklist
  • Add olive oil to the reserved drippings in skillet used for cooking meatballs. Add carrots, onion, fennel, salt, and black pepper. Cook and stir over medium heat for 2 minutes. Remove from heat. Stir in parsley and lemon peel.

    Advertisement
Advertisement

Reviews

2 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 0
  • 4 star values: 2
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0