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Stuffed Saucy Meatballs & Pasta Recipe

This recipe is an excellent source of fiber, protein, niacin, vitamin B6, vitamin B12, iron, selenium and zinc.
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Ingredients
  • 1-1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 2 eggs , slightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup seasoned bread crumbs
  • 3 cloves garlic , minced
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh oregano
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 12 small balls fresh mozzarella cheese (about 1/3 ounce each)
  • 1 jar (25 to 26 ounces) red pepper pasta sauce or other pasta sauce
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh oregano
  • Hot cooked spaghetti rigati or linguine
  • Fresh oregano sprigs (optional)
Directions
  • Heat oven to 400°F. Combine ground beef, eggs, bread crumbs, garlic, 1 tablespoon chopped oregano, salt and pepper in large bowl, mixing lightly but thoroughly. Divide mixture into 12 equal portions. Lightly shape into patties. Place 1 mozzarella ball in center of each patty. Shape beef around cheese until completely enclosed inside forming meatballs. Place meatballs on aluminum-foil-lined 15 x 10-inch baking pan. Bake in 400°F oven 15 to 20 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, heat pasta sauce in large saucepan until hot, stirring occasionally. Add meatballs and cook until heated through, about 5 minutes.
  • Spoon meatballs and sauce onto pasta. Sprinkle with 1 tablespoon chopped oregano. Garnish with oregano sprigs, if desired.


Cook's Tip: Cooking times are for fresh or thoroughly thawed ground beef. Ground beef should be cooked to an internal temperature of 160ºF. Color is not a reliable indicator of ground beef doneness.

Cook's Tip: Dried oregano leaves may be substituted for fresh. Use 1 teaspoon dried oregano leaves in meatball mixture. Add 1 teaspoon dried oregano leaves to pasta sauce before heating.

Cook's Tip: Dried oregano leaves may be substituted for fresh. Use 1 teaspoon dried oregano leaves in meatball mixture. Add 1 teaspoon dried oregano leaves to pasta sauce before heating.

Nutrition information per serving (1/4 of recipe): 941 calories; 34 g fat (14 g saturated fat; 11 g monounsaturated fat); 24 mg cholesterol; 1541 mg sodium; 96 g carbohydrate; 4 g fiber; 57 g protein; 14 mg niacin; 0.6 mg vitamin B6; 5 mcg vitamin B12; 4 mg iron; 89 mcg selenium; 7 mg zinc.
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