Ziti and Meatballs

Ziti and Meatballs
Marcus Nilsson
Add grated carrots, onion, and zucchini to the tomato sauce and simmer until thickened to build layers of flavor.

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Serves 8
preparation
40
minutes
cooking
60
minutes

Ingredients

2
carrots
1
medium onion
1
medium zucchini
1/4
cup
olive oil
4
cloves garlic, chopped
kosher salt and black pepper
1
28-ounce can crushed tomatoes
1
28-ounce can whole peeled tomatoes
1
teaspoon
dried oregano
2
pounds
ground beef
1/3
cup
bread crumbs
2
large eggs, lightly beaten
1/4
cup
grated pecorino (about 1 ounce), plus more for serving
1
pound
ziti
green salad, for serving

Directions

  1. In a food processor fitted with the coarse grating disk, grate the carrots, onion, and zucchini. Heat the oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the grated vegetables, 2 cloves of the garlic, 1 teaspoon salt, and ½ teaspoon pepper and cook, stirring occasionally, until beginning to brown, 12 to 15 minutes.
  2. Add the crushed and whole tomatoes (with their juices) and oregano to the pot and simmer, stirring occasionally and breaking up the tomatoes with a spoon, until the sauce has thickened, 35 to 40 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, heat broiler. In a large bowl, gently combine the beef, bread crumbs, eggs, pecorino, the remaining garlic, and ½ teaspoon each salt and pepper. Form into 32 meatballs (about 2 tablespoons each) and place on a foil-lined large broilerproof baking sheet. Broil, turning once, until cooked through, 8 to 10 minutes. Add to the sauce and simmer for 5 minutes.
  4. Cook the pasta according to the package directions. Top with the meatballs, sauce, and additional pecorino and serve with the salad.
  5. The meatballs and sauce can be frozen together in freezer-safe containers for up to 3 months. To reheat, run the containers under warm water until the mixture slides out. Transfer to a saucepan and cook, covered, over low heat, stirring occasionally, until heated through. Cook the pasta and serve with the meatballs and sauce.

 

Melissa Gaman, Family Issue 2012

Nutritional Information

  • Per Serving
  • Calories 593
  • Fat 23 g
  • Sat Fat 7 g
  • Cholesterol 122 mg
  • Sodium 881 mg
  • Protein 34 g
  • Carbohydrate 61 g
  • Sugar 7 g
  • Fiber 6 g
  • Iron 7 mg
  • Calcium 141 mg
What does this mean? See Nutrition 101.