Meal Kit

Saucy Meatball Parmesan

with garlic pepper zucchini

Prep & Cook Time: 30-40 min.

Cook Within: 5 days

Difficulty Level: Easy

Spice Level: Not Spicy

Contains: Milk, Wheat

Calories Conscious
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 (that you'll make yourself) 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)

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

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)

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Recipe Steps

You Will Need

  • Olive Oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 1 Medium Non-Stick Pan
  • 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
  1. 1

    Prepare the Ingredients

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

    Thinly slice garlic.

  2. 2

    Form the Meatballs

    In a mixing bowl, combine ricotta, ground beef, 1/4 tsp. salt, and half the panko (reserve remaining for zucchini). Form into 8 evenly-sized meatballs.

  3. 3

    Start the Meatballs

    Place a large non-stick pan over medium-high heat and add 1 tsp. olive oil. Add meatballs to hot pan and cook until brown on all "sides," 2-3 minutes per side.

    Remove from burner. Transfer meatballs to prepared small oven-safe casserole dish. Carefully, drain fat from pan. Reserve pan; no need to wipe clean." Meatballs will finish cooking in a later step.

  4. 4

    Make Sauce and Finish Meatballs

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

    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

    Place a medium non-stick pan over medium-high heat and add 1 tsp. olive oil. Add remaining panko and toast until browned, 1-2 minutes.

    Transfer toasted panko to a plate. Keep pan over medium-high heat.

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

    Remove from burner.

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

    Bon appetit!

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