Photo: Iain Bagwell
Total Time
1 Hour
Serves 6 (serving size: 1 1/2 cups)

Although it's pricier than ordinary ground beef, grass-fed (which is what you usually find at farmers' markets) goes a long way when rolled into mini meatballs.

How to Make It

Step 1

Make meatballs: Mix ingredients in a large bowl to combine. Divide into 1-tbsp. portions; using wet hands, roll into balls. Chill on a baking sheet, covered with plastic wrap, until ready to use (up to 1 day). Preheat oven to 425°.

Step 2

Prepare vegetables: Toss onion, garlic, and potatoes with oil and 1/2 tsp. each salt and pepper in a large roasting pan until evenly coated. Nestle meatballs around vegetables and bake until onion and potatoes are tender and meatballs are cooked through, about 30 minutes.

Step 3

Meanwhile, cook pasta according to package directions, adding peas during the last minute of cooking. Drain, reserving some pasta water, and return pasta and peas to pot.

Step 4

Stir wine into meatballs and vegetables and pour into pot of pasta. Add lemon zest and 3/4 cup parsley; toss to combine, adding pasta water if mixture looks dry. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Transfer to a plate; garnish with parsley.

Ratings & Reviews

Hits the spot!

June 07, 2015
I first saw this recipe in Sunset years ago and have loved making and eating it many times since then. The additions above sound good. I'll have to try them in my next round!

cecicook's Review

September 18, 2012
My husband and I love this meal. The tiny meatballs roasted in the oven are just perfection!

jstwil's Review

April 05, 2012
Really liked this - and the kids ate with no complaints - but I found it needing a little more oomph. Could see some more garlic, more liquid (wine or otherwise), or maybe some red pepper flakes popping it up a notch.

ChefAmandaLynn's Review

April 05, 2012

Lumpy52's Review

April 01, 2012
Quite good - made as directed and deglazed the pan with the pasta water. It lacked zest so we added a sprinkling of Asiago cheese. Next time I'll add some fresh fennel to the roasting for a pick up. It could still use another punch up. The meatballs were dry due to the low fat content of the grass fed beef. I will try it again with additions.