Quick Pasta & Mini-Meatballs
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Multiply this recipe to serve a crowd or to make easy take-to-work lunches for yourself.
uncooked whole wheat pasta2 oz, rotini variety
uncooked 93% lean ground beef3 oz
basil4 tsp, chopped, divided
seasoned breadcrumbs1 Tbsp, Italian variety
grated Parmesan cheese1 ½ Tbsp, divided
garlic clove(s)1 small clove(s), minced
table salt1 pinch
cooking spray3 spray(s)
jarred fat-free marinara sauce⅓ cup(s)
- Cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt if desired. Drain, reserving some of the cooking water to thin sauce if necessary.
- Meanwhile, combine beef, 2 tsp basil, breadcrumbs, 2 tsp Parmesan, garlic, and salt in a small bowl; form into 8 meatballs.
- Coat a small skillet with cooking spray; heat over medium heat. Add meatballs; cook, shaking pan occasionally, until meatballs are browned and cooked through, about 5 minutes. Add drained pasta and sauce to skillet, along with some reserved pasta cooking water, if desired; toss over low heat until coated. Stir in remaining 2 tsp basil; serve sprinkled with remaining 2 ½ tsp Parmesan.
- Makes 1 serving.