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Fresh Italian Meatballs and Sausage

Tuscan Baked Orecchiette

Looking for different meatball dinner ideas, try our Tuscan Baked Orechhiette. Carando's Classic Italian recipes are sure to please.

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Prep Time
40 min
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Skill Level
Intermediate
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Servings
6 Servings

Looking for different meatball dinner ideas, try our Tuscan Baked Orechhiette. Carando's Classic Italian recipes are sure to please.

6 servings
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Ingredients
6 servings


  • Carando Abruzzese Italian Style Meatballs16 oz.
  • olive oil2 tbsp.
  • garlic, minced2 clove(s)
  • bunch tuscan kale, stems removed and chopped1 whole
  • can diced tomatoes28 oz.
  • salt to taste
  • pepper to taste
  • orecchiette pasta (3 cups)12 oz.
  • shredded italian cheese blend1 1/2 cup(s)

Instructions


  1. Heat oven to 350ºF. In large skillet, cook meatballs over medium-high heat until browned on all sides. Reduce heat, cover and simmer until internal temperature reaches at least 165ºF. Remove meatballs from skillet.

  2. In same skillet, sauté garlic 1 minute. Add kale and sauté until bright green and wilted.

  3. Cut meatballs in half; add to kale. Sauté until kale is tender. Stir in tomatoes and bring to a simmer; season with salt and pepper.

  4. Cook pasta according to package instructions. Drain and toss with meatballs and kale mixture. Pour into greased 13x9x2-inch baking pan. Sprinkle top with cheese.

  5. Bake at 350ºF. for 20 minutes until cheese is melted and bubbly.

  6. * For an extra kick, use Carando Sicilian Italian Meatballs

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Looking for different meatball dinner ideas, try our Tuscan Baked Orechhiette. Carando's Classic Italian recipes are sure to please.

6 servings
Recipe Image

Ingredients
6 servings


  • Carando Abruzzese Italian Style Meatballs16 oz.
  • olive oil2 tbsp.
  • garlic, minced2 clove(s)
  • bunch tuscan kale, stems removed and chopped1 whole
  • can diced tomatoes28 oz.
  • salt to taste
  • pepper to taste
  • orecchiette pasta (3 cups)12 oz.
  • shredded italian cheese blend1 1/2 cup(s)

Instructions


  1. Heat oven to 350ºF. In large skillet, cook meatballs over medium-high heat until browned on all sides. Reduce heat, cover and simmer until internal temperature reaches at least 165ºF. Remove meatballs from skillet.

  2. In same skillet, sauté garlic 1 minute. Add kale and sauté until bright green and wilted.

  3. Cut meatballs in half; add to kale. Sauté until kale is tender. Stir in tomatoes and bring to a simmer; season with salt and pepper.

  4. Cook pasta according to package instructions. Drain and toss with meatballs and kale mixture. Pour into greased 13x9x2-inch baking pan. Sprinkle top with cheese.

  5. Bake at 350ºF. for 20 minutes until cheese is melted and bubbly.

  6. * For an extra kick, use Carando Sicilian Italian Meatballs

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