Marinara Penne and Ricotta Meatballs

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Prep & Cook Time: 25-35 min.

Cook Within: 5 days

Difficulty Level: Easy

Spice Level: Mild

Contains: Milk, Wheat

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In Your Box (serves 2)

  • 8 fl. oz. Marinara Sauce
  • ½ tsp. Garlic Salt
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    1 oz. Shredded Mozzarella
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    2 oz. Ricotta
  • ¼ tsp. Red Pepper Flakes
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    ½ oz. Grated Parmesan
  • 10 oz. Ground Beef
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    8 oz. Cooked Penne Pasta
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    ¼ cup Italian Panko Blend
  • 4 oz. Pre-Cut Zucchini

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Recipe Steps

You Will Need

  • Olive Oil
  • 1 Mixing Bowl

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 and 3, baking uncovered in Step 3 until pork reaches minimum internal temperature, 7-8 minutes.

  • If using ground chicken, follow same instructions as ground beef in Steps 2 and 3, baking uncovered in Step 3 until chicken reaches minimum internal temperature, 7-8 minutes.

  • If using Impossible burger, follow same instructions as ground beef in Steps 2 and 3, baking uncovered in Step 3 until "burger" is heated through, 7-8 minutes.

  1. 1

    Prepare the Ingredients

    Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Thoroughly rinse any fresh produce and pat dry.

    Combine zucchini and 1 tsp. olive oil on one half of provided tray.

  2. 2

    Add the Meatballs

    Combine ground beef, ricotta, panko, and seasoning blend in a mixing bowl.

    Form into six evenly-sized meatballs. Place in empty side of tray.

    Bake uncovered in hot oven, 15 minutes.

  3. 3

    Bake the Dish

    Carefully remove tray from oven. Add pasta and marinara to zucchini and stir to combine. Top pasta with Parmesan and mozzarella.

    Bake again uncovered until meatballs reach a minimum internal temperature of 160 degrees, 7-8 minutes.

    Carefully remove tray from oven. Garnish with red pepper flakes (to taste). Bon appétit!

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