14 November 2011

After doing Thanksgiving-y dishes all last week, it's kind of nice blogging about something completely different.  Unless you are Italian, spaghetti would be the last thing on your Thanksgiving table.  I saw this recipe in Real Simple and couldn't wait to try it.  Bacon in meatballs?  Awesome.

Spaghetti With Bacon Meatballs

¼ cup onion, chopped
3 slices bacon, very coarsely chopped
1 clove garlic
1 lb. ground beef
½ cup grated Parmesan (2 oz.), plus more for garnish
3 tbsp bread crumbs
1 egg
½ tsp salt
12 oz. spaghetti 
3 cups marinara sauce

Preheat oven to 400°. Bring a large pot of water to a boil for the pasta. 

In a food processor, combine the onion, bacon, and garlic; pulse until finely chopped, 10 to 15 times. Transfer to a medium bowl, add the beef, Parmesan, bread crumbs, egg, and salt; mix gently to combine.

Form the beef mixture into 16 meatballs (about 2 tbsp each) and place on a rimmed baking sheet. Bake until cooked through, about 20-25 minutes.

Cook the pasta according to the package directions.

Heat the marinara sauce in a large skillet over medium heat, 2 to 3 minutes; add the meatballs and toss gently to coat. Serve over the pasta and sprinkle with the shaved Parmesan.

Makes 4 servings.

So I wasn't really sure how these were going to turn out.  Honestly, I thought the bacon wouldn't be that noticeable wrapped up in all that beef.  But I was wrong.  The bacon gives a nice smokiness to the meatballs. The texture isn't that noticeable, but the flavor definitely is.

I didn't use a food processor; I just chopped up my onions very finely and grated my garlic and mixed everything together by hand.  That works just fine.

These were a huge hit with my family.  It's a nice change from the usual.  I wouldn't make them every time we have spaghetti (I usually use ground beef instead of meatballs), but I will definitely make them again every once in a while for a change of pace.

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  1. Not sure how I missed this recipe in Real Simple. These look like a wonderful twist on a family friendly classic.

  2. is the bacon added raw to the meat mixture?

  3. Yep. Sounds weird, I know, but turns out really good.

  4. Came to yor blog to find out if it was one egg or two per your post on Real Simple.  By the way, they added the1 egg~  Many thanks.  Will try it soon.

  5. Good, I'm glad they noticed their mistake and fixed it. Thanks for clicking on over!