Spaghetti and Meatballs with Ricotta, Parmesan, and Marinara Sauce
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Ingredients & Equipment
What we send
- 1/4 ounceparsley
- 2 clovesgarlic
- 1 1/2 tablespoonbreadcrumbs
- 4 ouncesricotta cheese
- 12 ouncesground beef
- 8 ouncesfresh spaghetti
- 116-ounce jar marinara sauce
- 1/2 ouncegrated Parmesan cheese
What You’ll Need
- 12" large pot
- aluminum foil
- baking sheet
- 12" large high-sided pan
Preheat oven to 375ºF. Bring a large pot of water to a boil over high heat. Rinse parsley, pat very dry with paper towel, and roughly chop leaves, discarding stems. Peel shallot and mince. Mince garlic. Line a baking sheet with foil and set aside for Step 3.
Heat 1 teaspoon olive oil in a large high-sided pan over medium heat. When oil is shimmering, add shallot and garlic and sauté, stirring, until shallot is softened, 2-3 minutes. Transfer to a large bowl, reserving pan for Step 5. Add breadcrumbs, 1 tablespoon ricotta, half of parsley, 1 egg, ½ teaspoon salt, and pepper as desired to bowl with aromatics. Pat beef dry with paper towel and add to bowl.
Form and bake meatballs
Using your hands, mix meatball mixture to thoroughly combine, then form into 10 equal balls, about 1½ inches thick. Arrange meatballs in a single layer on prepared baking sheet, spacing apart as much as possible. Bake until cooked through and slightly browned, 15-18 minutes.
While meatballs bake, season boiling water generously with salt. Add spaghetti and cook, stirring occasionally, until al dente, 2-3 minutes (fresh pasta tends to stick together more than dried pasta, but stirring can help prevent this—and trust us, it's worth it!). Reserve ½ cup pasta cooking water, then drain and set aside.
Use any remaining downtime while meatballs bake to pour a glass of something special. Once meatballs are browned, return pan from aromatics to medium heat, add marinara sauce, and bring to a simmer. Stir in cooked spaghetti. Add reserved pasta cooking water, 1 tablespoon at a time, until sauce is silky and clings to noodles. Add baked meatballs to pan with spaghetti and stir to coat.
Plate spaghetti and meatballs
Divide spaghetti and meatballs between serving plates, then sprinkle over Parmesan and remaining parsley. Dig in!