Garlicky Meatball Pasta

Garlicky Meatball PastaRecipe
Photo: José Picayo
In about 30 minutes, you can have a bowl of Garlicky Meatball Pasta on your table--homemade meatballs included. Refrigerated fettuccine and commercial marinara sauce helps to quicken this quick and easy pasta dinner. Serve with Mixed Greens Salad.


Serves 4
Total time: 31 Minutes

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Hands-on: 31 Minutes
Total: 31 Minutes

Nutritional Information

Calories 489
Fat 16.6 g
Satfat 6.1 g
Monofat 6.9 g
Polyfat 1 g
Protein 29.1 g
Carbohydrate 71.6 g
Fiber 2.6 g
Cholesterol 147 mg
Iron 2.4 mg
Sodium 688 mg
Calcium 110 mg


9 ounces refrigerated fettuccine
12 ounces ground sirloin
1/2 cup panko
1/3 cup chopped fresh basil
2 garlic cloves, minced
3/8 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 large egg, lightly beaten
2 teaspoons olive oil
1 3/4 cups lower-sodium marinara sauce
1 ounce Parmesan cheese, grated


1. Cook the pasta per directions. Drain over a bowl, and reserve 1/3 cup pasta water.

2. While pasta cooks, combine beef and next 6 ingredients (through egg); shape mixture into 16 meatballs. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add meatballs; cook 5 minutes, browning on all sides. Reduce heat to medium-low. Add marinara and 1/3 cup pasta water. Cover and cook 11 minutes or until meatballs are done. Divide the pasta evenly among 4 plates; top evenly with sauce, meatballs, and cheese.