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A recipe that will delight the kids, not to mention dad! These would be good for halloween too, they look like little octopuses! From the episode A Plate for Pop by Rachael Ray on 30 Minute Meals.
- 1⁄2 lb spaghetti, broken into pieces
- 1⁄4 cup pine nuts, lightly toasted
- 1 large bunch parsley, leaves only
- 1 bunch basil, leaves only
- 2⁄3-3⁄4 cup grated parmigiano-reggiano cheese
- 2 garlic cloves, grated (or finely chopped )
- fresh ground black pepper
- extra-virgin olive oil (about 1/3 cup plus some for drizzling)
- 2 lbs ground sirloin
- 1 large egg
- 1 couple handfuls breadcrumbs
- 1 small onion, finely chopped
- 1 small carrot, finely chopped (or grated)
- 1 cup beef stock
- 1 (28 ounce) can tomatoes (recommended San Marzano)
- Heat oven to 425 degrees F.
- Bring a medium sauce pot of water to a boil over high heat, salt water and cook pasta to al dente 7 minutes or so, drain and quick-cool on a baking sheet.
- While pasta cooks, toast pine nuts. Make a thick herb pesto by placing the herbs, cheese, garlic and nuts in food processor with salt and pepper. Turn processor on and stream in about 1/3 cup olive oil to make the pesto very thick.
- Place meat in a bowl. Season the meat with salt and pepper. Add cooked pasta, egg, bread crumbs and half the pesto to the meat. Mix to combine and form into 16 balls, and place on a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Let the spaghetti pop out of meatballs like porcupine quills. Coat balls with a little olive oil and roast 12 to 15 minutes until firm and golden in color, basting once or twice with the oil. Remove from the oven and place on a serving platter.
- While meat roasts heat a genorous drizzle of olive oil in a sauce pot over medium-high heat. Add onions and carrots, season with salt and pepper, and saute for 5 minutes. Stir in the stock, add tomatoes and crush with the back of a wooden spoon. Cook for 5 minutes more, then stir in remaining pesto and transfer to a serving bowl or 4 individual ramekins for dipping. Enjoy!
Absolutely loved the way these meatballs turned out & the dipping sauce was delicious! Another time I'd really like doing these for one of the monthly meetings I host, & am sure they'd be as big a hit with them as they were with the 2 of us! Thanks for a great keeper! [Tagged & made in Please Review My Recipe]