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Easy Meatballs, Vegetables & Pasta
A quick and easy twist to liven up a traditional standby.


Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 30 minutes
Servings: Serves 4
1 lb. lean ground beef
1/2 cup soft bread crumbs
1 egg, slightly beaten
2 Tbsp. finely chopped onion
1/4 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. pepper
8 oz. uncooked penne pasta
3 cups (12 oz.) frozen Italian vegetable mixture
1 jar (26 oz.) prepared spaghetti sauce
2 Tbsp. shredded Parmesan cheese




Heat oven to 375F. In large bowl, combine ground beef, bread crumbs, egg, onion, salt and pepper; mix lightly but thoroughly.
In 8-inch square baking dish, press beef mixture into 1/2-inch thickness. Bake at 375F for approximately 20 minutes, until internal temperature reaches 160F. Carefully pour off drippings. Cut beef misture into 16 squares.
Meanwhile cook pasta according to package directions. Approximately 6 minute before pasta is done, stir in vegetables. Drain; keep warm.
In large saucepan, combine "meatballs" (squares) and spaghetti sauce. Cook, uncovered, over medium-low heat 6 to 8 minutes or until heated through; stir occasionally. Serve over pasta and vegetables. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.