Ricotta and Cinnamon Meatballs

Total Time:
35 min
Prep:
20 min
Cook:
15 min

Yield:
4 to 6 Servings (36 Meatballs)
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • 1 large or 2 small shallots, minced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 pound ground beef chuck (80 percent lean)
  • 1/4 cup orzo pasta
  • 1/2 cup whole-milk ricotta cheese
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil leaves, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • One 23.5-ounce jar store-bought marinara sauce
Directions
Watch how to make this recipe.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the shallots, garlic, egg, cinnamon and nutmeg. With a wooden spoon, stir in the ground beef, orzo, ricotta and basil. Add the salt, pepper and 1/4 cup water and mix well.

  • Bring the marinara to a simmer in a shallow 12-inch skillet. Form the meat mixture into balls (about 1 heaping tablespoon each). Drop the meatballs into the simmering sauce, cover the skillet and simmer for 15 minutes. Serve on small toothpicks or skewers.


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