In this one-pot dinner recipe, meatballs are given a makeover for spring. Ground pork, fennel seed, and Parmesan are mixed togther and formed into meatballs that cook in a light, bright broth with orzo pasta, lemon juice, and fresh dill. 

Martha Stewart Living, May 2021

Gallery

Credit: Ryan Liebe

Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
total:
35 mins
Servings:
4
Advertisement

Ingredients

Ingredient Checklist

Directions

Instructions Checklist
  • Grate onion; squeeze out excess liquid. Transfer to a bowl (you should have 1/2 cup onion). Add pork, egg, fennel seeds, cheese, and 1/2 teaspoon salt; stir until just combined (do not overmix). With dampened hands, roll mixture into 24 balls, each about 1 1/2 inches in diameter.

    Advertisement
  • In a medium pot, bring broth and 1 cup water to a boil. Add orzo; cook 5 minutes. Add meatballs, reduce heat to low, cover, and cook, stirring once, until cooked through, 6 to 7 minutes more. Stir in lemon juice; season to taste. Serve with a drizzle of oil, more cheese, pepper, dill, and lemon wedges.

Cook's Notes

Israeli couscous is a good substitute for the orzo.

Advertisement

Reviews