Chase Family Spaghetti and Meatballs

 
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About this recipe:

Serving Size:

  • 6-10 servings of meatballs, 4-6 servings of pasta and broccoli

  • Makes 18-20 meatballs, 8 cups cooked pasta, 3 cups cooked broccoli

Length: 45 minutes- 1 hour

Dietary Restrictions:

  • As written: Soy-Free, Fish-Free, Shellfish-Free, Peanut-Free, Tree Nut-Free

  • Can be made: Gluten-Free, Wheat-Free, Dairy-Free

  • Cannot be made: Vegetarian, Vegan, Egg-Free

Substitutions:

To make Gluten-Free and Wheat-Free

To make Dairy-free

  • Use dairy-free mozzarella-style shreds, like these

  • Use an unflavored dairy-free milk of your choice

Ground beef:

  • Can swap 1.5 lbs. ground turkey for ground beef if you’d prefer.

  • If you use turkey, we’d recommend putting foil/parchment paper/silicone baking sheet on your baking pan because the wetter mixture is more likely to stick to the pan.

About this recipe:

From our Kickstarter backers, the Chase Family! These easy, baked meatballs are tasty and have some added nutrition including shredded carrots—which also keep them moist--and Parmesan cheese. They are delicious in tomato sauce but are served, in this house, with pasta tossed in olive oil, garlic powder, and Parmesan cheese for non-sauce-loving kids. Plus grape tomatoes and steamed broccoli sides for extra veggies!


Grocery List

Meatballs

  • 1 ½ pounds ground beef (90% lean)

  • ½ cup shredded Parmesan cheese (or non-dairy alternative)

  • 1 egg

  • 2 teaspoons milk of your choice

  • 2 large carrots

  • ½ cup panko or whole wheat breadcrumbs

  • ½ teaspoon onion powder

  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder

  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

Broccoli

  • 2 large heads broccoli (or 4 small)

  • ½ of a lemon

  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder

  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil

  • Dash salt

For serving

  • 1 lb. whole wheat pasta (shape of your choice)

  • Pasta topping:

    • 3 Tbsp. olive oil

    • 1 tsp. garlic powder

    • 3 Tbsp. shredded parmesan cheese

  • 12 oz. package cherry or grape tomatoes

Ingredient notes

  • Shredded parmesan

    • Can shred your own from a block of cheese if you prefer. You’ll need about 1.5-2 oz. cheese to yield ½ cup shredded cheese.

  • Milk and cheese- what kind of milk and dairy is right for your family? Read more here.

  • Sauce

    • There’s no tomato sauce in this recipe. Feel free to make your own or purchase jarred sauce.

  • Carrots

    • Can purchase ½ cup shredded carrot instead of shredding carrots yourself


Ready to cook? Recipe here:

  • Remember to take pictures to send to us as you cook!

  • Wash Hands

  • Collect Ingredients

    • ground beef (90% lean)

    • shredded Parmesan cheese (or non-dairy alternative)

    • 1 egg

    • milk of your choice

    • 2 large carrots

    • 2 large heads broccoli (or 4 small)

    • 1 lemon

    • 12 oz. package cherry or grape tomatoes

    • panko or whole wheat breadcrumbs

    • 1 lb. whole wheat pasta

    • onion powder

    • garlic powder

    • Italian seasoning

    • Salt and pepper

    • Olive oil

  • Collect Tools

    • Medium stockpot

    • Baking sheet

    • Colander

    • Box grater (or microplane)

    • Large mixing bowl

    • Medium microwave-safe bowl

    • Measuring cup (½ cup)

    • Measuring spoons (½ teaspoon, 1 teaspoon)

    • Vegetable Peeler

    • Grown-up chef knife

    • Kitchen tongs

    • Citrus reamer or squeezer (optional)

    • Pastry brush (optional)

Make meatball mixture

  • Grown-up: Preheat oven to 400° F

  • Germ alert: we’re about to add raw egg

  • Crack 1 egg

    • Into large mixing bowl

    • Fish out any small pieces of eggshell that snuck in there

  • Wash hands

  • Germ alert: we’re about to use raw meat

  • Add 1 ½ pounds ground beef

    • Open package(s) and pour into large mixing bowl with egg

  • Wash hands

  • Measure ½ cup shredded Parmesan cheese

    • Add to large bowl with meat and egg

  • Measure ½ cup panko or whole wheat breadcrumbs

    • Add to large bowl

  • Grate 2 large carrots

    • Peel 2 carrots

    • Grate 2 carrots with box grater or microplane. Use 2nd biggest hole on box grater.

  • Measure ½ cup carrots

    • Measure grated carrot- fill ½ cup measuring cup. Add to large bowl.

    • Nate Nomster tip: Save extra for a snack later.

  • Measure ½ teaspoon onion powder

    • Add to large bowl.

  • Measure ½ teaspoon garlic powder

    • Add to large bowl.

  • Measure ½ teaspoon salt

    • Add to large bowl.

  • Measure 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning

    • Add to large bowl.

  • Measure 2 teaspoons milk of your choice.

    • Measure 1 teaspoon milk, add to large bowl.

    • Repeat for 1 more teaspoon, for a total of 2 teaspoons.

  • Measure ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

    • Add to large bowl.

Start pasta

  • Fill medium stockpot

  • Fill medium stockpot ⅔ way with water.

  • Salt water with a few dashes salt.

  • Grown-up: put on stove

    • Set heat to high to bring to boil. When it comes to a boil, you’ll add 16 ounces whole wheat pasta.

    • Kid chef: set a timer according package instructions. When the timer goes off, your grown-up can drain the pasta.

Assemble meatballs and put in oven

  • Prepare 1 baking sheet

  • Pour 1 TBSP olive oil onto baking sheet

  • Use a pastry brush or paper towel to paint the baking sheet with olive oil. Set aside.

  • Raw meat alert- you’re about to touch raw meat

  • Mix all ingredients

    • Use your hands or a mixing spoon to combine all of the meatball ingredients.

  • Make meatballs

    • Use your hands to roll into small meatballs about 1.5” in diameter, and place on baking sheet

    • Repeat until you’ve used all of the meat mixture (should make about 18-20 meatballs)

    • Nate Nomster tip: you can also make shapes or letters instead of meatballs if you’d like!

  • Wash hands and work surface

  • Into oven for 15 minutes

    • Grown-up: put meatballs in oven.

    • Kid chef: set a timer for 15 minutes. Put oven light on if you’d like to keep an eye on the meatballs while they cook.

Boil pasta

  • Pasta:

  • Grown-up: If you haven’t yet, add the pasta to the boiling water.

  • Kid Chef: set timer according to package instructions.

Cook broccoli

  • Wash broccoli in sink

  • Wash 2 large heads or 4 small heads broccoli

  • Prepare broccoli:

    • Grown-up: cut off stems with grown-up chef knife

    • Kid: Use hands to pull apart broccoli into smaller pieces (called florets). Add to medium microwave safe bowl.

  • Add 2 tsp. garlic powder

    • Measure 1 teaspoon garlic powder, and add to bowl with broccoli.

    • Repeat for a total of 2 teaspoons garlic powder.

  • Add olive oil and salt

    • Measure 1 Tablespoon olive oil, add to bowl with broccoli. Repeat for a total of 2 Tablespoons.

    • Add a few dashes salt. Stir.

  • Cover and microwave

    • Cover broccoli bowl with a lid, plate, or wet paper towel.

    • Microwave for 3 minutes (so it’s tender but still crunchy), or more if you like it to be mushier.

  • Grown-up: Take out and emon

    • Grown-up: take out broccoli. It will be hot!

  • Squeeze 1 lemon half over broccoli

    • Grown-up: cut lemon in half with grown-up chef knife.

    • Squeeze the juice from ½ the lemon over broccoli. You can use a citrus reamer or squeezer if you have one.

Finish and plate

  • Grown-up: drain pasta

  • When the timer goes off, drain pasta over colander in sink. Return pasta to the medium stockpot.

  • Add cheese and olive oil

    • Add 3 Tablespoons olive oil to pasta pot.

    • Add 3 Tablespoons parmesan cheese shreds to pasta pot.

  • Add garlic powder and toss

    • Add 1 teaspoon garlic powder to pasta pot.

    • Toss with kitchen tongs.

  • Prepare cherry/grape tomatoes

    • Wash whole package tomatoes

    • Grown-up: If there are children under 5 in your family, cut tomatoes in half.

  • Grown-up: take out meatballs

    • Take meatballs out of oven when timer goes off.

  • Plate your noms:

    • Pasta, meatballs, broccoli, cherry tomatoes. Can keep them all separate or mix together, whichever you prefer!


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