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Fettuccine with Garlicky Meatballs

Oh goodness! This Fettuccine with Meatballs might just be heaven on a plate!

I am not a big spaghetti and meatballs fan, so I was really surprised that I LOVED these guys!  I prefer not to make the actual spaghetti noodles for meals because 1.  they are hard for my kids to eat, especially the little guy and 2.  apparently my husband has an aversion to the noodles also.  He really dislikes angel hair!  (Who knew?!?)  So I normally stick to rotini or Mostaccioli noodles.  I have to say I am a huge fan of the fresh fettuccine noodles.  They worked great and everyone was happy!  Including me!  I am now a meatball lover…as long as they follow this recipe :)

Garlicky Meatballs with Fettuccine Pasta

Ingredients Needed:

  • 9 ounces refrigerated fettuccine
  • 12 ounces ground sirloin
  • 1/2 cup panko
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese, finely grated
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion bits
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 3/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 jar of marinara sauce
  • grated parmesan for topping

Garlicky Meatballs with Fettuccine Pasta

  1. Cook the pasta according to the directions.  Before draining pasta water, reserve 1/3 cup.
  2. Combine sirloin, panko, parmesan cheese, garlic, onion bits, onion powder, salt, pepper and egg in bowl and mix together.  Form into meatballs about golf ball size.  I ended up with about 18 meatballs.  Note:  You can also prepare these during naptime (in peace and quiet) and store in the refrigerator until needed at dinner time :) 
  3. Heat olive oil in large pot over medium-high heat.  Add meatballs and sear until brown on all sides.
  4. Reduce heat to medium-low and add marinara sauce and the pasta water.  Cover and cook for 11 minutes or until the meatballs are cooked through.
  5. Divide the pasta and layer with the meatballs and marinara sauce.  Top with grated parmesan cheese!

I served this pasta dish with Fresh Garlic Bread and a garden salad.  I can’t wait to make it again!  It was delicious!

Garlicky Meatballs with Fettuccine Pasta

Original recipe courtesy of  Cooking Light

And That’s What Che Said…

2 Responses to Fettuccine with Garlicky Meatballs

  1. It looks very delicious and since then, I’ve been a fan of meatballs plus garlic. Totally mouthwatering! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  2. Che,

    Hey Girl! How’s it goin’? It seems like you are getting settled all right. The meatballs sound great and I will have to try them sometime. Here is a tip – if you have the time, double or triple the meaball recipe. Go ahead and make up the meatballs and cook them, then divide into meal size amounts. Freeze! Dinner on the quick when life is too fast or much. You will be glad that you did all this ahead of time.
    I also liked the cabinet update. I hadn’t seen the contact paper at stores yet. What else are you planning on doing? I found the coolest wall treatment at Lowes. They are plastic sheets that look like embossed metal and they glue to the walls. I am going to use mine for a backsplash to update my kitchen.
    I hope all is well and that you are getting settled. Moving Sucks!

    Maureen

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