Penne Pasta With Meatballs And Sauce

My kids love spaghetti and Meatballs. This is a great recipe for adults and kids alike. It is very hearty and filling so you will have left overs. I use the left overs for Meatball subs.

MEATBALLS:

1/2 c. Bread crumbs

1 lb Ground Beef

1 lb Ground Turkey

4 Cloves of Garlic, minced

2 Eggs, beaten

2 Tbsp. Dried Parsley

1/4 c. Parmesan Cheese, Grated

1/4 c. Milk

1/4 c. Ground Oats

1/2 Tsp. Salt

pepper

1/4 c. Olive oil ( for Frying)

 

SAUCE:

1 Onion, Diced

2 Cloves Garlic, Minced

1 (28 oz ) can Crushed Tomatoes

1 (28 oz) can Diced tomatoes

1/4 Tsp. Salt

Pepper

1/4 c. Sugar

2 Tbsp. Dried Parsley

1 Green Bell Pepper, Diced, Seeded

1 Tsp. Dried Basil

1 lb Penne Pasta

2 Tbsp. Olive Oil

 

Well now that we have established what we need to make this recipe we need to assemble and cook. There are a few steps to this but it is worth it. So first we have to make the Meat balls. they have to chill for 15 minutes. Lets get started.

(1.) In a Large Bowl Combine the Bread crumbs, Garlic, Eggs, Parsley, Parmesan, Milk, Oats, Salt and Pepper. Mix together well. Add in the Meat and mix together using your hands until just combined. Using a small 1/2 inch scoop, Scoop out the meat mixture and shape into balls. Place onto a sheet pan. When all of them are made and on the sheet pan then place the pan in the Freezer to set for 15 minutes. This helps them keep their shape.

(2.) Now, while they are chilling we can make the sauce. In a large heavy pot with a lid add in the Oil Over low heat. Add in the Onion and the Bell pepper. Cook until they are tender but not browned. This takes about 10 minutes. Add in the garlic and cook for 1 to 2 minutes. Stirring occasionally. Add in both cans of Tomatoes, Salt, Pepper, Sugar, Parsley and Basil. Stir together to combine. Cover with a lid and let cook for 30 minutes stirring occasionally.

(3.) While the Sauce is cooking Heat up a large skillet over medium heat. Add the Oil and let it get hot. When it is hot Add in a few Meatballs at a time about 8 to 10 . Brown the Meatballs on each side but do not cook through. Remove to a plate and finish the rest of the Meatballs. When they are all done and in the plate add them to the sauce when the 30 minutes are up. Mix together to combine and cover with a lid. Let them cook for an additional 20 minutes.

(4.) While the Sauce and Meatballs are cooking together then you can cook the pasta. Bring a large pot of water to a boil and add 2 Tbsp of Salt to the water. stir. Add in the pasta and stir together. Cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until just done. Drain and place pasta into a bowl. Drizzle with a little Olive Oil to prevent sticking and toss. When the sauce is done pour into a large serving bowl and serve alongside the pasta.

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