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Meatballs with Rigatoni

  • servings: 4
Photography: Dana Gallagher

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Ingredients

  • 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

Directions

  1. Step 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. Step 2

    Heat oven to 350 degrees. Form mixture into twelve to sixteen 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. Step 3

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

Source
Martha Stewart Living, May 2000

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Reviews (4)

  • 31 Jan, 2014

    Oh my gosh, these are THE BEST meatballs ever! I do use the meatloaf mix instead of just beef and pork (veal added), and I ALWAYS make at least a triple if not quadruple batch. If there are any leftovers they freeze beautifully. The lemon zest gives such a fresh taste to the meatballs. I serve it with Martha's Red-Hot Tomato Sauce as I got the original recipes when they were printed as cards next to each other in Martha's magazine several years ago. This my GO TO recipe! Always a hit!

  • 31 Jan, 2014

    Edit previous post, the meatloaf mix adds beef instead of just pork and veal.

  • 21 Oct, 2008

    I like to prapare these meatballs ahead of time and freeze. They are delicious and I like the lemon flavor especially if I cook a garlic linguine. Mxing these meatballs with various other Italian sauces works very well.

  • 24 Sep, 2008

    basic meatball