Recipe: New Age Spaghetti and Meatballs

Don’t you hate it when it’s your turn to cook dinner and you’re totally unprepared? That was me a couple nights ago. All I got from my husband that morning was a text saying, “the only meat in the freezer is sausage. I took it out for dinner. Make whatever.” Thanks for your help, NOT!

I didn’t want to make brinner (breakfast for dinner,duh) but didn’t really have any other choice. When I got home I opened up the pantry and looked at my options. We were in major need of groceries so I didn’ thave much to work with. And that’s when I saw the Orzo pasta. I thought to myself, ‘spaghetti and meat balls, of course.’ But wait, no ground beef.  We had just purchased a food processor, so I thought this was the perfect time to put it to good use. And that’s when my recipe for deconstructed spaghetti and sausage balls came to life.

Please note: I tend to throw things in a bowl, especially when I’m cooking on the fly. The measurements below are an approximation,consider adjusting to your likeness.

What You’ll Need:

  • 4 Bratwurst Sausages
  • 1 cup bread crumbs
  • 1 cup diced scallions
  • ½ cup diced onions
  • 3 cloves diced garlic
  • ¼ cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Chili powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste 
  • Dash cumin
  • Olive oil
  • 1 bag (1lb) Orzo pasta
  • 1 Jar pasta sauce
  • 1 tablespoon butter


Preheat oven to 350ºF

Add tomato sauce to medium sauce pan and heat through. (Keep warm while you complete additional steps.)

Place a medium pot of water on boil for Orzo. When it boils,add salt and pasta and cook to al dente (8-10 min)

Remove sausages from casings and grind in food processor. Remove (safely) and place in a bowl. Add bread crumbs, scallions, garlic, onions, Worcestershire,hot sauce, chili powder, salt, pepper and cumin. Fold ingredients, making sure not to over mix.

Heat a large, non-stick pan over medium heat and grease with cooking spray.

Roll sausage mixture into 1 ½ inch medium-sized meatballs and brown each side evenly in heated non-stick pan, turning carefully with tongs. When all sides are browned place in oven for 10 minutes.

Mix hot, drained orzo pasta with butter. Remove meatballs from oven carefully and place in pasta sauce. Place pasta on plates and top with meatballs and sauce. Add grated parmesan cheese and enjoy!

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