Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Baked Penne and Meatballs








Mushroom Marinara:
2 tsp olive oil
1/2 sweet yellow onion, diced
6 oz of button or cremini mushrooms, sliced thinly ( I used canned mushrooms)
3-4 cloves of garlic, chopped finely
1 28 oz can of crushed tomatoes ( I used diced tomatoes and smashed them)
1 15 oz can of tomato sauce
1 tsp balsamic vinegar
1 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped
1 tsp dried basil
1 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp fennel seeds, crushed ( I didn't have any)
1 tsp white sugar (I didn't use sugar because I'm not a big sweet sauce fan)
1 pinch of red pepper flakes
Sea salt and fresh cracked pepper to taste

Heat the olive oil in a dutch oven over medium heat. Add the onions and mushrooms and saute until tender; add the garlic and cook for 60 seconds, stirring frequently. Add the remaining ingredients. Simmer for at least 2 hours.
Meatballs:
1 lb lean ground beef (I used 93/7)
7 button mushrooms, diced finely (I had to use canned mushrooms )
1/4 sweet yellow onion, diced finely
1/4 cup of Italian style breadcrumbs
1 clove of garlic, minced
1 egg
1 tbsp fresh basil, chopped
1/2 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped
1/2 tsp fennel seed, crushed ( I didn't have any so I didn't use it.)
Sea salt and fresh cracked black pepper
1 tsp olive oil (for cooking)
Put the onions, garlic and mushrooms in a food processor to chop, otherwise chop them as small as you can. Combine all ingredients (except for olive oil) together gently. Form into small meatballs and set aside. Once the meatballs are prepared. Heat a skillet over medium heat with 1 tsp olive oil. Cook the meatballs until golden brown on all sides. Remove from skillet and place the cooked meatballs in the mushroom marinara.

Penne pasta, prepared per instructions
1 cup of mozzarella cheese, shredded
1/4 cup of Parmesan cheese, shredded
1 tbsp fresh basil
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Cook the pasta per instructions and drain. Pour the pasta into the sauce with the meatballs. Add the fresh basil and cheese - reserving a bit for the top, then mix VERY gently. Top with remaining cheese and bake for 30 minutes. Enjoy!
The Results:
This is sooo yummy! I had to improvise a little because I didn't have a couple things but it all turned out good. The meatballs were soooo prefect. My husband was wishing I was making meatball sandwiches though. Anyways, well once again I went to the best food bloggers page
http://fortheloveofcooking-recipes.blogspot.com/search/label/Beef and she never fails at providing good recipes for my family to enjoy.

5 comments:

Pam said...

You are so awesome! Thank you for liking my food and for giving me shout outs on your blog. It truly makes my day to see other people enjoy my recipes.

Apples and Butter said...

My boyfriend would love those homemade meatballs!

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HoneyB said...

Can I come move in with you? lol. WOW, I am loving your posts. The meatball with penne is something new and I think I will have to try this too! I know Grumpy would like this!