First of all, I hope everyone voted today!!! I did and I’m so grateful to have the freedom to do so. No matter what your political views are, it’s important to get out there and vote! 🙂
So, I commute to work. Which means I have 80 minutes a day to read or Pin. I normally read on the way in and play on Pinterest on the way home, when I just can’t possibly imagine processing anything besides pretty pictures. This means I find a lot of cooking inspiration on Pinterest, which is fantastic! This dinner was inspired by a recipe that I found while pinning away my commute.
I didn’t follow it exactly, as the recipe calls for string cheese, and I wanted to use fresh mozzarella. I also have my own meatball recipe, so I of course used that. I was really happy with the result!
1 lb organic, grass-fed ground beef
1/4 cup bread crumbs (I used unseasoned, but any type would work)
Sale & Pepper
1/4 teaspoon each of dried oregano, basil, and thyme
1/4 onion, minced
a couple of dashes of Worcestershire sauce
fresh grated Parmesan to taste
Fresh mozzarella cheese log (I didn’t use the whole thing)
1 jar of organic vodka sauce (or whatever sauce you prefer)
1 tablespoon of olive oil
I cup of pasta (I used brown rice fusilli)
Slice mozzarella into bite size pieces. Combine ground beef, breadcrumbs, salt & pepper, oregano, basil, thyme, onion, garlic, Worcestershire sauce, Parmesan cheese and egg in a large bowl. Form meatballs around mozzarella. Makes approximately 10 meatballs. Heat olive oil in a large skillet and pan fry meatballs on both sides until they are nicely browned. They won’t be fully cooked but that is okay. Pour sauce into a large pot and arrange meatballs within so they are mostly covered, top with a drizzle of olive oil. Bring to a boil and then simmer for approximately 20 minutes. Cook pasta according to package instructions and then serve meatballs and sauce over pasta and top with fresh grated Parmesan cheese!
Delicious!! I understand why the original recipe called for the mozzarella string cheese. I think it would make it cheesier and gooier. However, I was still happy with my version. You could also make your own sauce, which would probably be healthier, but I just didn’t have the time. Enjoy!