Rigatoni and meatballs

Billie Blair


I found this recipe in Ree Drummonds cookbook " Food from my Frontier". She mentioned that her husband didn't care for traditional spaghetti and my husband feels the same way. So this recipe fit him to a "T". I took a few liberties to make it my own, but basically its all hers. Thanks, Ree for all the recipes in your book.


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30 Min
50 Min
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  • 6 slice
    crusty bread
  • 3/4 lb
    ground beef
  • 3/4 lb
    ground pork
  • 3
    garlic cloves,chopped
  • 2
    eggs, beaten
  • 1/4 c
    chopped fresh parsley
  • 3/4 c
    grated parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 c
  • ·
    salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 c
    olive oil

  • 1
    yellow onion, chopped
  • 3
    garlic cloves, chopped fine
  • 1 can(s)
    28 oz. crushed tomatoes
  • 1 can(s)
    28 oz.diced tomatoes
  • 1/4 tsp
  • 1 tsp
  • 1/4 c
    chopped parsley
  • 12
    fresh basil leaves, cut in chiffonade
  • 2 lb
    rigatoni,cooked al dente

How to Make Rigatoni and meatballs


  1. place bread on a baking sheet and bake for 30 min at 200 or until completely dry. Break bread in chunks and grind into bread crumbs
  2. Put meat in a large bowl, add garlic, bread crumbs, eggs, parsley, cheese, milk, salt and pepper
  3. mix until well combined, use a scoop to retrieve a small amount of meat mixture, roll into a ball, and refrigerate until firm.
  4. Heat the olive oil in large pan, add meatballs and fry until brown on all sides. Set aside.
  5. Add onions and garlic to the same pan and sauté until golden, At this time you can add 1/4 cup of red wine, its your choice, let simmer for a few minutes.
  6. Add the two cans of tomatoes, salt, pepper and sugar, parsley and basil. Let simmer for about 30 minutes, covered,
  7. Then add the meatballs and simmer till they are done. At this time , I added a box of sliced mushrooms and some sliced black olives.
  8. While sauce is cooking, cook the rigatoni. Then combine, and add chopped parsley and grated parmesan cheese. Serve with warm garlic toast and a glass of nice red wine.

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About Rigatoni and meatballs

Course/Dish: Beef, Pasta, Other Main Dishes
Main Ingredient: Beef
Regional Style: Italian

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