Pasta with Garlicky Meatballs and Tomato Sauce


  • 1 pound ground beef (85 or 90% lean)
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 cup fresh bread crumbs
  • ½ cup finely grated Parmesan cheese, plus more to serve
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 pound pasta, cooked according to package directions, hot
  • 3 cups spaghetti sauce, homemade or bottled, warmed

Steps to Make It:

1-Gather the ingredients.
2-Preheat the oven to 400°F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil and lightly spray the foil with nonstick spray.
3-In a medium sized bowl combine the beef, garlic, oregano, parsley, bread crumbs, Parmesan, salt and pepper. Use your (clean!) hands to combine the mixture. Pour in the milk, and use your hands to blend. Let the mixture sit for 5 minutes, so that the bread crumbs completely absorb most of the moisture.
4-Form the mixture into 1½ –inch meatballs and place on the prepared baking sheet. Bake the meatballs for about 20 minutes, until they are just cooked thorough.
5-Meanwhile, heat the sauce on a medium sized saucepan, large enough to add the meatballs once they are cooked. Add the cooked meatballs to the sauce, stir to coat them well, then pour the meatballs and sauce over the hot cooked pasta in a serving dish. Serve hot, with the extra Parmesan passed on the side.


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