Ok, hang in there with me one last time, we’ve got to do that whole recap thing for those who haven’t been reading recently: I’ve found a great new cookbook 6 Ingredient Solutions by Americas Test Kitchen. The recipes are six ingredients and pretty easy to throw together. I’m not exactly known for following a recipe from a cookbook exactly as is (perhaps it’s a food blogger thing) so a lot of the recipes have been inspiration or a launching pad for me to create a brand new recipe. I’ve been working my way through seven days of recipes from the book, adapting as I see fit, and seeing what happens naturally, organically in my kitchen. And of course I’m writing about it for you! So our final day:
Day Seven: Spaghetti and Meatballs –The original recipe called for: meatloaf mix (which apparently is a mix of ground beef, pork, and veal), a prepared basil pesto, panko bread crumbs, tomato sauce, spaghetti, and grated parmesan.
- If you’ve been reading for any length of time I’m sure you know I’m a pasta lover. And how could a pasta lover not dig spaghetti and meatballs? I thought the idea of using pesto in the meatballs was completely and absolutely brilliant. I adore pesto, and just knew that pesto+meatball = love love love! I also use traditional bread crumbs in my meatballs, and thought substituting panko instead was a great idea as well. That being said this recipe was the ‘launching pad’ sort and I went a little wild with tweaks.
- What I actually used: angel hair pasta, ground beef (I’ve never actually seen a meatloaf mix at my grocery store before, maybe I missed it? Plus I had ground beef on hand.), a heap of tomatoes, a little butter, some onion (If you haven’t guessed I made Marcella’s Sauce instead of using a jared spaghetti sauce.), basil, olive oil, walnuts, parmesan (homemade pesto), panko, provolone, and mozzarella (I’ll explain that addition in just a moment.)
- So what happened was that at some point I was watching Diners Drive-ins and Dives, one of my favorite shows on food network. Guy went to a little mother daughter Italian place. They had cheese stuffed meatballs that looked absolutely amazing. The cheese stuffed meatball idea has been floating around my brain for a while now. I had decide to try the meatball recipe from 6 Ingredients and I guess that triple D episode just came to mind. Cheese stuffed+ meatballs + pesto. Oh my. I’m not even sure what that equals. But whatever it is it’s bound to be wonderful. The one thing I will admit is that with all these tweaks I did get away from the quick, easy, weeknight dinner thing. If you did want to speed it up, you could certainly use a jared sauce as 6 Ingredients called for (or perhaps you keep a batch of Marcella’s Sauce in the freezer?). You could use a pre-made pesto. I actually think there are quite a few brands that are very well done. But even if your in a hurry don’t give up on the meatball stuffing part. Oh so good, it’s totally worth the trouble. Perhaps make them ahead of time on the weekend and reheat to make a weeknight dinner?
- The results: Ok come on, you already know these were amazing right? Make em’ you know you want to.