Meal Kit

Gemelli and Ricotta Meatballs

with pecorino garlic bread

Prep & Cook Time: 40-50 min.

Cook Within: 5 days

Difficulty Level: Intermediate

Spice Level: Not Spicy

Contains: Milk, Wheat

All ingredients are individually packaged, but our central facility is not certified allergen-free. Furthermore, ingredient contents may vary. Please check recipe cards and ingredient packaging for allergens and nutrition facts. If you have serious allergies, please use your best judgment or consult a health professional to decide if our meals are safe for you!
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Why are there so many memes about garlic bread? One does not simply ignore that it reigns supreme in the world of bread. We go beast mode on ours by adding pungent pecorino cheese and serving it with meatballs enhanced with light and creamy ricotta cheese. Kick your normal pasta and meatballs recipe to the curb, there's a new sheriff in town.

In Your Box (serves 2)

  • Info
    ½ oz. Grated Pecorino Cheese
  • ¼ oz. Parsley
  • 2 Garlic Cloves
  • 10 oz. Ground Beef
  • Info
    1 oz. Ricotta
  • Info
    ¼ cup Italian Breadcrumbs
  • Info
    6 oz. Gemelli Pasta
  • 8 fl. oz. Marinara Sauce
  • Info
    1 French Roll

Due to our just-in-time sourcing model, we may have to send you a substitute ingredient. Not to worry! We make sure every ingredient sent to you meets our high quality standards. We’ll keep you informed should a switch occur, so please check the ingredient labels in your meal bag.

  • Nutrition (per serving)

  • Calories
    1023
  • Carbohydrates
    114g
  • Fat
    40g
  • Protein
    46g
  • Sodium
    1673mg

Recipe Steps

You Will Need

  • Olive Oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 1 Medium Pot
  • 1 Baking Sheet
  • 2 Mixing Bowls
  • 1 Medium Non-Stick Pan
  • 1 Colander

Before You Cook

Cooking Guidelines

To ensure food safety, the FDA recommends the following as minimum internal cooking temperatures:

  • Steak and Pork 145° F (rest cooked meat, 3 minutes) |
  • Seafood 145° F |
  • Chicken 165° F |
  • Ground Beef 160° F |
  • Ground Turkey 165° F |
  • Ground Pork 160° F

Customize It Instructions

  • If using ground pork, follow same instructions as ground beef in Steps 2, 3, and 5, stirring occasionally in Step 5 until meatballs reach a minimum internal temperature of 160 degrees, 8-10 minutes.

  • If using ground turkey, follow same instructions as ground beef in Steps 2, 3, and 5, stirring occasionally in Step 5 until meatballs reach a minimum temperature of 165 degrees, 10-12 minutes.

  1. 1

    Prepare the Ingredients

    Mince garlic and divide into three equal piles. Stem and mince parsley. Halve roll lengthwise.

  2. 2

    Form the Meatballs

    In a mixing bowl, thoroughly combine ground beef, ricotta, breadcrumbs, half the cheese (reserve remaining for bread), parsley (reserve a pinch for garnish), ⅓ the garlic (reserve remaining for sauce and bread), a pinch of salt, and ½ tsp. pepper. Form mixture into 10 meatballs, about the size of ping-pong balls.

  3. 3

    Sear the Meatballs

    Place a medium non-stick pan over medium-high heat. Add 1 tsp. olive oil and meatballs to hot pan. Stir occasionally until browned all over, 6-9 minutes. Remove from burner and set aside. While meatballs sear, cook pasta.

  4. 4

    Cook Pasta and Bake Pecorino Garlic Bread

    Add pasta to boiling water and cook until al dente, 12-13 minutes. Reserve ½ cup pasta cooking water. Drain pasta in a colander and toss with 1 tsp. olive oil. While pasta cooks, combine 1 Tbsp. olive oil, half the remaining garlic (reserve remaining for sauce), and remaining cheese (reserve a pinch for garnish) in another mixing bowl. Place roll on prepared baking sheet, cut side, up and top with garlic-cheese mixture. Bake in hot oven until golden brown, 6-9 minutes. While pasta cooks and bread bakes, make sauce.

  5. 5

    Make Sauce and Finish Dish

    Return pan with meatballs to medium-high heat. Add remaining garlic to hot pan and cook until aromatic, 30 seconds. Add marinara sauce, reserved pasta cooking water, and a pinch of salt. Bring to a boil. Once boiling, reduce to a low simmer and stir occasionally until meatballs reach a minimum internal temperature of 160 degrees, 8-10 minutes. If sauce is too thick, add water, 1 Tbsp. at a time, until desired consistency is reached. Plate dish as pictured on front of card, garnishing with remaining cheese and remaining parsley. Bon appétit!

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