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Creamy Pasta with Meatballs

This is like pasta with meatballs for grown ups!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword meatballs and pasta
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 693kcal
Author Olga

Ingredients

For the meatballs:

  • 1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 2 tbsp milk
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 large onion chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • 1 egg
  • 10 oz. ground beef
  • 10 oz. ground pork

For the sauce:

Pasta:

  • 8 oz pasta (such as fettuccine, pappardelle or egg noodles)

Instructions

TO MAKE MEATBALLS:

  • In a medium bow, combine panko bread crumbs and milk and allow bread crumbs to soak up milk.
  • While the bread crumbs are soaking, heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in large pan on medium high. Add chopped onions and sauté until translucent, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and oregano and sauté for another minute. Remove from heat.
  • Add sautéed onion/garlic/oregano mixture from the step above to the bowl with the soaked bread crumbs. Add salt and pepper and 1 egg. Combine using a wooden spoon until the entire egg is mixed in. Next add ground beef and pork and mix everything well.
  • Using a tablespoon for measuring and your hands for rolling, start making those meatballs. I just rolled them between my palms and got 18 average size meatballs. You should get anywhere between 12 small to 20 large meatballs.
  • On medium high heat, brown meat balls on all sides, carefully turning so they don't break apart. Reduce heat to medium and make sure to cook them for about 10 more minutes, making sure they are not raw inside. Remove meatballs and put them on a large plate.

TO MAKE SAUCE:

  • Reduce heat to low and add 4 tablespoons butter to hot pan (same pan as before). Once butter is melted, whisk in flour and cook for 1-2 minutes until golden brown.
  • Add in beef broth and simmer for 2 minutes. Next add in heavy cream, Worcestershire sauce and Dijon mustard. Simmer until sauce thickens just a bit. Taste it and add salt and pepper if necessary (depends on whether your broth is sodium free or not).
  • COMBINING MEATBALLS WITH SAUCE: Add meatballs into sauce, cover and simmer on low heat for about 10 minutes.

PASTA:

  • While the meatballs are simmering with the sauce, cook pasta in salted water according to the package instructions.

Add cooked pasta into the skillet with the sauce and meatballs. Stir to combine and serve hot.

    Nutrition

    Calories: 693kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 48g | Saturated Fat: 23g | Cholesterol: 175mg | Sodium: 850mg | Potassium: 522mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 18.4% | Vitamin C: 3% | Calcium: 9% | Iron: 16.1%