Heart Pasta with Bolognese & Meatballs

Inspired by Nordstrom and shared with their permission - feel the love with this classic Bolognese sauce served over Barilla® Love Pasta.

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Ingredients 6 Servings

Ingredients for the Heart Shaped Pasta:

  • 1 box Barilla® Love Heart Shaped Pasta
  • ½ tablespoon Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, grated
  • 8 leaves basil, torn

Ingredients for Sauce the Bolognese Sauce:

  • 1 stalk celery
  • 1 carrot
  • ½ onion
  • 4 ounces Italian pancetta
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ pound ground beef
  • ½ pound ground pork
  • ½ cup dry White wine
  • 1/3 cup tomato paste
  • 3 cups water
  • ½ cup Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, grated 

Ingredients for the Meatballs:

  • 1 pound ground chicken
  • 3 slices white bread, no crust, diced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • ¾ cup Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, grated
  • 1 tablespoon parsley, chopped
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  • For Bolognese Sauce: In a food processor, process the vegetables and the pancetta until they are finely ground.

  • Add the ingredients to a medium sized pot with the olive oil and cook for 10 minutes over medium heat.
  • Add ground port and ground beef and brown well, about 15 minutes.

  • Deglaze with wine; evaporate completely then cover with water.

  • Add tomato paste and bring the sauce to a simmer. Cook for approximately 2 hours, the sauce should be thick, and the meat should be very tender.

  • For Meatballs: Preheat oven to 400° F. Soak bread in a bowl of water.

  • In a bowl combine chicken, cheese, parsley, garlic and soaked bread [squeeze out excess water] and mix [important to not overmix].

  • Shape 1-inch size meatballs. 

  • Bake for 15-18 minutes or until cooked through.

  • For Pasta: Cook pasta according to package directions.

  • Meanwhile, in a skillet over medium heat bring the Bolognese sauce to a simmer. 

  • Drain pasta and add to the sauce.

  • Toss well, plate, then top with 3 meatballs. Garnish with cheese and basil.

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