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Spaghetti and Homemade Meatballs

Spaghetti and Homemade Meatballs

Serves 4 to 6

Ingredients: 

  • 1 1/4 lbs. ground beef
  • 1 lb. imported spaghetti noodles
  • 1 jar Monte Bene pasta sauce (any flavor)
  • 1/2 cup unseasoned bread crumbs
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/4 cup pecorino Romano cheese, grated
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • Pepper to taste
  • Basil leaves, sliced

Preparation:

Preheat oven to 450. Cook pasta al dente, drain, and set aside. Mix 1/2 cup of heated Monte Bene pasta sauce into spaghetti to prevent the pasta from sticking. In a large bowl, mix ground beef, bread crumbs, eggs, garlic, cheese, salt, and pepper. Make meat into 1 1/2" balls and place in a baking dish. Add 1/8" film of water to baking dish to keep meatballs moist. Bake for 12-15 minutes. When meatballs are done, plate the pasta, top with meatballs, and spread remaining pasta sauce evenly. Top with extra pecorino Romano cheese and basil as desired.

 Try different Monte Bene pasta sauce flavors to mix up this classic dish!