But leave it to Real Simple to offer me a new meatball recipe AND several ways to eat the meatballs aside from traditional spaghetti and meatballs.
|pasta with meatballs and spinach|
First up: Pasta with Meatballs and Spinach
This was really good (my husband went back for seconds) and easy to make! If you've already made the meatballs and frozen them, all you have to do at dinnertime is cook the pasta, pop the meatballs under the broiler for 20 minutes, and cook the mushrooms and thyme in about 2 tbsp. of butter. (The recipe isn't clear on how much butter to use, so I started with 1 tbsp. but it didn't look like enough so I added the second.) When the meatballs and pasta are ready, stir them in with the mushrooms and thyme, and add the spinach and grated pecorino cheese. YUM.
|cheesy baked meatballs|
Next: Cheesy Baked Meatballs
I liked this, but I think we needed to bake it a few minutes longer. The sauce wasn't as hot as I hoped. I used fontinella cheese instead of fontina because I couldn't find any fontina cheese that was pre-sliced or sold as a block. I think it still worked fine. It melted okay, but I think if I had left this in the oven just a few minutes longer it would have melted up more. It tasted good on top of the meatballs, though!