Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Pork And Mushroom Meatballs

Tried something new using lots of things I had on hand tonight and it turned out good enough to post!

Pork and Mushroom Meatballs

1 lb. ground pork
4-5oz. White or baby Bella mushrooms
3oz. (One half box) Stove Top stuffing mix for pork
1/4 cup V8 vegetable juice
1 Tablespoon siracha chili sauce
1 egg beaten
Olive oil for pan
1 jar of your favorite pasta sauce
1 lb. package Barilla veggie penne
Shredded mozerella or Parmesan cheese if desired

Finely chop mushrooms and add to egg, siracha and V8.  Stir to coat.  Add stuffing mix, combine well.  If mix seems dry add a splash of V8.  Add pork and mix well.  Form into small balls.  Add oil to a frying pan and brown meatballs, cooking 9-12 minutes on medium high until no longer pink.   Start pasta according to box instructions.  Add can of sauce to pan, cover, lower hear and allow to simmer as pasta cooks.  Drain pasta and add to meatballs and sauce, stirring to coat.  Top with cheese if desired.

These turned out great and the addition of the mushrooms and stuffing mix stretches the meat to serve a crowd.  The Barilla veggie pasta is made with 25% carrot and tomato puree.  It is my new favorite pasta and has a serving of sneaky vegetables for kids!

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