Meal Kit

Saucy Meatball Parmesan

with garlic pepper zucchini

Prep & Cook Time: 30-40 min.

Cook Within: 5 days

Difficulty Level: Intermediate

Spice Level: Not Spicy

Contains: Milk, Wheat

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Carb Conscious
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Chicken Parmesan is sooooo 1950-2021. What's new, what's modern, what's 2022? The mighty meatball Parmesan! You'll have to taste if for yourself to see; moist meatballs, made with ground beef, panko, and ricotta, are cooked to perfection, topped with tomato sauce and cheesy Parmesan. It's so yummy, so perfectly Parmesan, you'll forget all about that chicken dish. What was it called?

In Your Box (serves 2)

  • 2 Zucchini
  • 10 oz. Ground Beef
  • 8 fl. oz. Tomato Sauce
  • 2 oz. Red Cooking Wine
  • Info
    2 oz. Ricotta
  • Info
    ½ cup Panko Breadcrumbs
  • Info
    1 oz. Shredded Parmesan Cheese
  • 2 Garlic Cloves
  • 1 tsp. Garlic Pepper
Contains: Sulfites
Food intolerance information

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  • Nutrition (per serving)

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Recipe Steps

You Will Need

  • Olive Oil
  • Salt
  • Cooking Spray
  • 1 Small Oven-Safe Casserole Dish
  • 1 Mixing Bowl
  • 1 Large Non-Stick Pan

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 20 oz. ground beef, follow same instructions as 10 oz. ground beef, forming 16 meatballs instead of 8. You may need to use a larger casserole dish.

  • If using ground turkey, follow same instructions as ground beef in Steps 2 and 4, searing 2-3 minutes per “side,” then baking until turkey reaches minimum internal temperature, 10-12 minutes.

  • If using Impossible burger, follow same instructions as ground beef in Steps 2 and 4, searing 2-3 minutes per “side,” then baking until burger is heated through, 10-12 minutes.

  1. 1

    Prepare Ingredients and Toast Panko

    Trim zucchini ends and quarter lengthwise. Using a spoon, remove seeds, then cut into 3-4" sticks.

    Thinly slice garlic.

    Place a large non-stick pan over medium-high heat and add 1 tsp. olive oil. Add half the panko (reserve remaining for meatballs) to hot pan. Stir often until browned, 1-2 minutes.

    Remove from burner. Transfer toasted panko to a plate. Wipe pan clean and reserve.

  2. 2

    Start the Meatballs

    In a mixing bowl, combine remaining panko and 1/4 cup water. Let sit, 1 minute.

    After 1 minute, stir in ricotta, ground beef, and 1/4 tsp. salt until combined. Form into eight evenly-sized meatballs.

    Return pan used to toast panko to medium-high heat and add 1 tsp. olive oil. Add meatballs to hot pan and cook until browned on two "sides," 2-3 minutes per side.

    Remove from burner. Transfer meatballs to prepared small casserole dish. Meatballs will finish cooking in a later step.

    Carefully, drain excess fat from pan. Reserve pan; no need to wipe clean.

  3. 3

    Make the Sauce

    Return pan used to sear meatballs to medium heat.

    Add 1 tsp. olive oil and garlic to hot pan and stir occasionally until fragrant, 20-40 seconds.

    Add wine and bring to a simmer. Adding alcohol to a hot pan may cause some flames; use caution.

    Once simmering, stir occasionally until reduced by half, 1-2 minutes.

    Stir in tomato sauce and pinch of salt until combined and heated through, 1-2 minutes.

    Remove from burner.

  4. 4

    Finish the Meatballs

    Top meatballs with sauce and half the Parmesan (reserve remaining for zucchini). Wipe pan clean and reserve.

    Bake in hot oven until cheese has melted and browned and meatballs reach a minimum internal temperature of 160 degrees, 12-15 minutes.

    While meatballs bake, cook zucchini.

  5. 5

    Cook Zucchini and Finish Dish

    Return pan used to cook sauce to medium-high heat.

    Add 1 tsp. olive oil and zucchini to hot pan. Stir occasionally until tender and lightly browned on all sides, 4-5 minutes.

    Remove from burner.

    Plate dish as pictured on front of card, topping zucchini with seasoning blend, remaining Parmesan, and toasted panko. Bon appétit!

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