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Tuesday, April 30 2013
Pasta and Meatballs Meat Loaf
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Servings: 6
Prep Time: 30 mins
  • 1/2  cup  dried mini penne pasta (2 oz.)
  •    long individual ciabatta rolls or hoagie buns
  •    medium onion, chopped
  • 1/2  cup  chopped yellow or red sweet pepper
  •    cloves garlic, minced
  •  tablespoon  olive oil
  •    eggs, lightly beaten
  • 3/4  cup  milk
  • 2/3  cup  fine dry bread crumbs
  •  teaspoons  Italian seasoning, crushed
  • 1 1/2  pounds  ground beef
  • 1/4  cup  grated Parmesan cheese
  •    recipe Garlic Butter, recipe below
  •  cup  bottled pasta sauce, warmed
  •     Shaved Parmesan cheese
  •    recipe Toasted Bread Crumbs, recipe below
  •     Fresh Italian (flat-leaf) parsley
Garlic Butter
  •    cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 1/2  teaspoon  dried basil
  •  tablespoons  butter
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Cook penne according to package directions; drain. Rinse and cool completely. Halve three rolls lengthwise; set aside. Use remaining roll to prepare Toasted Bread Crumbs, recipe below.
In large skillet cook onion, sweet pepper, and garlic in hot oil over medium heat for 5 minutes or until tender.
In large bowl combine eggs, milk, 2/3 cup of the Toasted Bread Crumbs, 1/2 tsp. salt, and Italian seasoning. With hands, fold in ground beef, cooked pasta, 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, and cooked vegetables. Form in six 6x3-inch oblong loaves (loaves will appear bumpy rather than smooth). Place in shallow baking pan.*(Bake, uncovered, 25 minutes or until an instant-read thermometer inserted into center of loaves reads 160 degrees F.
Spread split rolls with Garlic Butter. Bake about 10 minutes or until golden brown. Top each toasted roll half with warm pasta sauce and a mini loaf. Sprinkle with shaved Parmesan, remaining Toasted Bread Crumbs, and snipped fresh parsley. Makes 6 servings.
toasted bread crumbs:
Tear one roll in pieces and add to food processor or blender. Process or blend until coarse crumbs form. In 8-inch skillet, toast bread crumbs in 1 Tbsp. melted butter over medium heat until lightly browned. Remove 2/3 cup to add to the meat loaf mix. Use remaining crumbs for topping the meat loaves.
If necessary, place loaves in two shallow baking pans and rotate pans on oven racks halfway through baking time.
garlic butter
In small skillet cook garlic and dried basil in butter until garlic is tender.
nutrition information
Per serving: Calories 705, Total Fat 40 g, Cholesterol 180 mg, Sodium 986 mg, Carbohydrate 53 g, Fiber 3 g, Protein 33 g, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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