Spaghetti and Ricotta Meatballs

with pecorino garlic bread

$9.95 per serving

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 spaghetti and meatballs recipe to the curb, there's a new sheriff in town.

  • Contains Eggs
  • Contains Fish
  • Contains Wheat
  • Contains Milk
  • Contains Soy
  • Contains Shellfish
  • Contains Peanuts
  • Contains Tree Nuts
A note about serious food allergies
  • Nutrition per serving

  • Calories
    920
  • Carbohydrates
    108g
  • Fat
    26g
  • Protein
    52g
  • Sodium
    1638mg
  • Prep & Cook Time
    40-50 min.
  • Cook Within
    5 days
  • Difficulty
    Easy
  • Spice Level
    Not Spicy
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  • In The Box

  • 2 Garlic Cloves
  • ¼ oz. Parsley
  • 1 Mini Baguette
  • 10 oz. Ground Beef
  • 1 fl. oz. Liquid Egg
  • 1 oz. Ricotta
  • ½ oz. Pecorino Cheese
  • ¼ cup Italian Breadcrumbs
  • 8 fl. oz. Marinara Sauce
  • 6 oz. Spaghetti
Spaghetti and Ricotta Meatballs  with pecorino garlic bread
  • In Your Kitchen

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

Recipe shown serves 2

Recipe Instructions

    Before Cooking

    While Cooking

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      Before Cooking

    Prepare the Ingredients

    Finely mince garlic and divide into three equal piles. Stem and mince parsley. Halve baguette lengthwise.

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    Form the Meatballs

    Thoroughly combine ground beef, liquid egg, ricotta, half the pecorino (reserve remaining for garlic bread), breadcrumbs, parsley (reserve a pinch for garnish), ⅓ the garlic (reserve remaining for sauce and bread), ¾ tsp. salt, and ½ tsp. pepper in a mixing bowl. Divide and shape mixture into 10 meatballs roughly the size of ping-pong balls.

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    Sear the Meatballs

    Heat a medium non-stick pan over medium-high heat. Add 1 tsp. olive oil and meatballs to hot pan and cook, stirring occasionally, until browned, 6-9 minutes. Remove from burner.

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    Make Pasta and Pecorino Garlic Bread

    Add pasta to boiling water and cook until al dente, 8-10 minutes. Reserve ½ cup pasta water. Drain in a colander and toss with 1 tsp. olive oil. While pasta cooks, combine 1 Tbsp. olive oil, remaining garlic, and remaining pecorino (reserve a generous pinch for garnish) in another mixing bowl. Spread mixture on cut sides of baguette, place on prepared baking sheet, and bake until golden brown, 6-9 minutes.

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    Make the Sauce

    Return pan with meatballs to medium-high heat. Add half the remaining garlic (reserve remaining for bread) to hot pan with meatballs and cook until aromatic, 30 seconds. Add marinara sauce and ½ cup reserved pasta water to pan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a low simmer and cook, stirring occasionally, until meatballs reach a minimum internal temperature of 160 degrees, 8-10 minutes. If marinara sauce appears too thick, add up to ½ cup water to loosen. While sauce cooks, cook pasta.

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    Plate the Dish

    Place a portion of pasta in a large bowl. Top with sauce and arrange meatballs on top. Garnish with reserved pecorino and reserved parsley. Serve with pecorino garlic bread.

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