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Meatballs with Rigatoni

Meatballs made with ground veal and pork are served with rigatoni. The ridged tubes of pasta are even better than spaghetti for catching this spicy homemade tomato sauce.

  • Servings: 4

Photography: Dana Gallagher

Source: Martha Stewart Living, May 2000


  • 2 slices good-quality white bread, crusts removed, cut in small pieces
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 pound ground veal
  • 1/2 pound ground pork
  • 1/2 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 3 small garlic cloves, minced
  • Zest of 1/2 lemon
  • 8 sprigs fresh flat-leaf parsley, chopped
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1 large egg, slightly beaten
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3/4 pound rigatoni
  • Red-Hot Tomato Sauce
  • Parmesan cheese, for grating


  1. Place bread in a bowl; pour milk over it. In another bowl, mix veal and pork. Add onion, garlic, zest, and parsley. Add salt and pepper. Mash bread mixture to form paste; add to meat mixture. Mix; add egg. Combine well. Cover with plastic wrap; chill 1 hour.

  2. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Form mixture into 12 to 16 1 1/2-inch balls. Heat 1/2 tablespoon oil in a skillet over medium heat. Saute half the meatballs until brown, a few minutes on each side. Transfer to a pan big enough to hold all the meatballs. Repeat with remaining oil and meatballs. Place in oven to finish cooking, about 20 minutes.

  3. Cook rigatoni according to package directions. Toss meatballs in tomato sauce; serve with grated Parmesan over rigatoni.


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