This discovery came to me while contemplating making a lasagna vs. spaghetti/meatballs. Essentially, lasagna can be thought of as an all-in-one, combo meal...so why not make spaghetti and meatballs too? This recipe incorporates all of the components in one, super-flavorful, yummy ball! —Mariya
lean ground beef-grass fed
dried currants (or diced dried cranberries or apricots)
shredded cheddar cheese
tomato sauce (homemade or store bought-organic)-divided
In a saucepan, cook pasta according to directions; if you typically like it al dente, cook it 2 minutes longer this time; remove from heat, drizzle with 1 T olive oil (so it doesn't stick), and reserve.
Heat 2 T olive oil in a pan and add onions; cook until translucent.
Add garlic and cook for 1 minute longer; remove contents of the pan and reserve.
In a large bowl, mix onion/garlic mixture, ground beef, eggs, paprika, nutmeg, cayenne, oregano, currants, pistachios, cheese, half of the tomato sauce, salt, and pepper.
Working in batches, dice bowties on a cutting board.
Add to the beef mixture and mix well.
Roll mixture into 1 to 2 inch balls.
On medium, heat 1 T olive oil in a pan and add meat balls to the pan; add the remaining 1/2 cup tomato sauce to the pan and cook for ~10-12 minutes, or until cooked through.