Pesto Spaghetti & Meatballs

Add a fresh, Italian twist to your pasta family favorites.

  • 928
  • 53g
    Total Fat
  • 89g
  • 27g
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Ingredients for 8 people

  • 1 box Barilla® Spaghetti 
  • 1 jar Barilla® Basil Pesto
  • 1 pound ground beef (80/20)
  • ½ cup bread crumbs
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 1 cup Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, grated and divided
  • 2 tablespoons parsley
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. 1
    Bring a large pot of water to a boil.
  2. 2
    Meanwhile, in a small bowl soak the bread crumbs in water for 1 minute. Squeeze out all of the water and add the bread to the meat. Add ½ the cheese and season with salt and pepper. Add parsley and mix everything together and form the meat into quarter-sized balls.
  3. 3
    Cook pasta according to package directions.
  4. 4
    In a large skillet, slowly cook meatballs in olive oil for 3-4 minutes or until browned.
  5. 5
    Add the broth and reduce to medium heat.
  6. 6
    Season with salt and pepper and simmer for 2 minutes.
  7. 7
    Drain and toss the pasta with pesto, meatballs and remaining cheese.

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