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Italian Meatballs With Rotelli & Meatball Heros

Italian Meatballs With Rotelli & Meatball Heros

Nutrition Facts
  • cal. (kcal) 644
Italian Meatballs With Rotelli & Meatball Heros
  • Makes: 12 servings
  • Yield: 6 servings of pasta and 6 meatball subs
  • Prep: 30 mins
  • Cook: 1 hr
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Ingredients

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Sauce:
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 large onions, chopped
  • 6 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 2 carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 2 sweet red peppers, chopped
  • 3 28 - ounce cans crushed tomatoes
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon red-pepper flakes
Meatballs
  • 2 1/2 pounds ground beef chuck
  • 1 cup packaged seasoned bread crumbs
  • 1 small zucchini, finely shredded
  • 3 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
Pasta:
  • 1 pound rotelli pasta cooked according to package directions

Directions

Sauce:
  1. Heat oil in large pot over medium heat. Add onions, garlic, carrots and peppers; cook, stirring, 10 to 12 minutes or until softened. Remove half for making meatballs.
  1. Add tomatoes, sugar, salt and pepper flakes to vegetable mixture remaining in pot. Cover; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium; simmer, stirring occasionally, for 15 minutes.
Meatballs:
  1. Place reserved vegetable mixture, chuck, crumbs, zucchini, eggs, salt, Italian seasoning, pepper and Parmesan in large bowl. With clean, wet hands, mix.
  1. Line baking sheet with parchment or waxed paper. Form meat mixture into 36 meatballs (1/4 scant cup for each). Place on prepared baking sheet.
  2. Drop meatballs into simmering sauce; dont stir for 5 minutes. Simmer in sauce for another 30 minutes, gently stirring occasionally.
  3. Spoon half of sauce and half the meatballs over cooked rotelli on large platter. Cool remaining sauce and meatballs for future Meatball Heros (recipe follows). Cover; refrigerate up to 3 days, or freeze up to 2 months. Makes 6 servings plus enough for Meatball Heros (recipe follows).

Variation

  • Meatball Heros: Thaw sauce and meatballs, if necessary, overnight in refrigerator. Gently heat in saucepan over low heat until warmed through. Meanwhile, cut 6 long buns in half and toast. Top 6 halves with 3 meatballs each plus sauce. If desired, sprinkle 8 ounces (total) shredded mozzarella cheese on top. Broil briefly to melt. Top with remaining bun halves.

Nutrition Information for Italian Meatballs With Rotelli & Meatball Heros

Servings Per Recipe: 12
PER SERVING: 644 cal., 22 g total fat (8 g sat. fat), 120 mg chol., 1322 mg sodium, 78 g carb. (8 g fiber), 35 g pro.