This take-off on spaghetti and meatballs uses rice-shaped pasta, ground lamb, and feta cheese. Some kids may prefer a milder cheese such as shredded mozzarella. Break apart the meatballs before serving to younger children to make the meatballs easier to eat.
1/3 cup dry breadcrumbs
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 pound lean ground lamb
1 garlic clove, minced
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley, divided
2 large egg whites
1 1/2 teaspoons olive oil
2 cups bottled marinara sauce
3/4 cup (3 ounces) crumbled feta cheese
2 cups hot cooked orzo
How to Make It
Preheat oven to 375°.
Combine breadcrumbs, next 5 ingredients, and 1 1/2 tablespoons parsley in a medium bowl. Add egg whites, stirring mixture until just combined. Shape mixture into 12 (1 1/2-inch) meatballs; cover and chill meatballs 5 minutes.
Heat oil in a large ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat. Add meatballs to pan; cook 8 minutes, turning to brown on all sides. Drain well; wipe pan clean with paper towels. Return meatballs to pan. Spoon marinara sauce over meatballs; sprinkle with cheese. Bake at 375° for 12 to 13 minutes or until meatballs are done. Sprinkle with remaining 1 1/2 teaspoons parsley. Serve over orzo.
I think it is important to use lamb with this recipe to get the full affect of Greek flavor. This was a super easy make-ahead meal. I made the meatballs on Sunday to have a quick weeknight meal. The overall flavor was very good, but my husband thought there was too much cinnamon.