So. I have a confession to make.
I’ve not been eating vegetarian since we moved to Ohio. Not at all. It’s just so much harder to be the only veggie here and who wants to eat just side dishes for dinner all the time? No one. M is in meat heaven-he’s requested this two more times since I first made it!
This is not going to be your go to on nights when you don’t want to wash dishes, but this comes together pretty quickly and is quite tasty.
1 medium onion, roughly chopped
3 garlic cloves, unpeeled and 3 finely minced garlic cloves
1 pound plum tomatoes, halved
1 1/3 cup marinara
1/2 salt, divided
1/2 tsp red pepper
1/3 cup panko bread crumbs (don’t do what I did-get the plain ones not Asian seasoning haha)
12 oz ground sirloin or 12 oz ground turkey
1 large egg
6 oz uncooked spaghetti
1 to 2 oz freshly grated Parmesan cheese
Preheat your broiler to high. Spray a cooking sheet with cooking spray, toss onion, whole garlic cloves and tomatoes, adding more spray if necessary. Broil for 10 minutes or until the veggies start to char. Stir them after about 5 minutes to prevent burning. Spoon tomato mixture into a food processor (or use a stick blender in a bowl) and pulse gently a few times until the mixture is coarsely chopped. Combine with jarred marinara, 1/4 tsp salt and bring to a simmer.
Combined minced garlic, remaining salt, panko, red pepper, meat, and egg in a large bowl. Mix gently until combined and shape into 12 meatballs, about the size of golf balls (I got 14 out of the turkey). Arrange on a single layer on the same cooking sheet you used for the veggies (woot woot-less dishes!) Broil about 6 inches from heat for about 6 minutes, turning halfway thru. Remove pan from oven and transfer meatballs to the sauce and let simmer for 4-8 minutes.
Cook pasta according to package directions. Serve meatballs and sauce over pasta, and sprinkle with cheese.