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stand:
2 hrs
prep:
30 mins
smoke:
1 hr 30 mins
Servings:
10
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Rosemary-Smoked Meatballs with Bucatini

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  • In a medium bowl combine rosemary sprigs and enough cold water to cover; let stand for 2 hours. In a large bowl combine egg, bread crumbs, the 1/4 cup cheese, the 1/4 cup parsley, the milk, Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper. Add ground beef and sausage; mix well. Shape mixture into 16 meatballs.* Cover and chill meatballs while preheating smoker.

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  • In a smoker arrange preheated coals, eight maple or pecan wood chunks, and the 4 cups water according to manufacturer's directions. Pour water into pan. Add garlic to the water in pan. Place meatballs on the grill rack over pan. Cover and smoke for 30 minutes.

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  • Add rosemary sprigs to wood chunks; smoke meatballs for 1 hour more or until meatballs are cooked through (160°F).** Remove meatballs from smoker or grill; keep warm.

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  • In a 4-quart Dutch oven cook pasta in boiling, salted water according to package directions; drain. Meanwhile, place Grill-Roasted Tomato Sauce in a medium saucepan. Cook and stir over medium heat until heated through.

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  • Place pasta in large shallow bowls. Top with meatballs, tomato sauce, and the shaved Parmesan cheese. If desired, garnish with parsley sprigs.

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To make meatballs easier, wet your hands with water before shaping.

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The internal color of a meatball is not a reliable doneness indicator. A beef, veal, lamb, or pork meatball cooked to 160°F is safe, regardless of color. To measure the doneness of a meatball, insert an instant-read thermometer into the center of the meatball.

Nutrition Facts (Rosemary-Smoked Meatballs with Bucatini)

751 calories; total fat 43g; saturated fat 14g; polyunsaturated fat 4g; monounsaturated fat 22g; cholesterol 110mg; sodium 1191mg; potassium 781mg; carbohydrates 57g; fiber 4g; sugar 6g; protein 34g; trans fatty acid 1g; vitamin a 1458IU; vitamin c 22mg; thiamin 1mg; riboflavin 1mg; niacin equivalents 9mg; vitamin b6 1mg; folate 173mcg; vitamin b12 2mcg; calcium 293mg; iron 5mg.

Grill-Roasted Tomato Sauce

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  • Lightly coat a grill basket or grill wok with cooking spray; set aside. Place tomatoes and onion in a large bowl; drizzle with oil and gently toss to coat.

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  • Working in batches, transfer tomatoes and onion to the grill basket, placing tomatoes skin side down, leaving about 1/2-inch between pieces of tomato and onion. Sprinkle some of the basil, oregano, thyme, and garlic over each batch. Sprinkle each batch with some of the salt and pepper.

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  • For a gas or charcoal grill, place grill basket on the rack of a covered grill directly over medium heat. Grill about 5 minutes or until tomato skins begin to brown. Using a metal spatula, transfer grilled vegetables back to the large bowl. Repeat until all tomatoes and onions are grilled.

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  • If desired, remove and discard tomato skins. Working in batches, in a food processor, process tomatoes, onions, and herbs until pureed but not smooth. Transfer to a bowl. Stir in Parmesan cheese. To serve at once, transfer mixture to a large saucepan and reheat over low heat, stirring frequently. Or place in an airtight container or freezer bag and refrigerate for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 3 months.**

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Recipe can be doubled.

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To serve, if frozen, thaw in the refrigerator. In a large saucepan reheat sauce over low heat, stirring frequently.

Spicy Grill-Roasted Tomato Sauce

Prepare as directed, except use two onions and delete the thyme and Parmesan cheese. While grilling, sprinkle each batch of tomatoes with some of 4 teaspoons crushed red pepper.Nutrition Analysis: 104 calories, 1 g protein, 5 g carb., 9 g total fat (1 g sat. fat), 0 mg cholesterol, 1 g fiber, 17% Vitamin A, 21% Vitamin C, 169 mg. sodium, 2% calcium, 2% iron

Nutrition Facts (Grill-Roasted Tomato Sauce)

129 calories; total fat 11g; saturated fat 2g; cholesterol 6mg; sodium 270mg; carbohydrates 5g; fiber 1g; sugar 2g; protein 3g; vitamin a 165RE; vitamin c 12mg; calcium 91mg; iron 1mg.
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