Barilla® Skillet Meatballs and Orzo

  • 426
  • 11g
  • 58g
  • 23g


Ingredients for 8 people

  • 1 box Barilla® Orzo
  • 1 jar Barilla® Chunky Traditional sauce
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup Italian flavored bread crumbs
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium green sweet pepper, cut in bite-sized strips
  • 2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh thyme (optional)


  1. 1
    In food processor bowl combine beef, cheese, bread crumbs, onion, garlic, salt, and egg; process until finely ground. Scoop 1-tablespoon portions into your hand, roll into balls. Set aside.
  2. 2
    In a large skillet heat oil over medium heat. Add green pepper and cook 2 to 3 minutes or until starting to soften. Add meatballs and brown on one side, about 4 minutes. Turn meatballs and add Barilla Chunky Traditional sauce to the skiller. Bring to a gentle simmer. Cover skillet and reduce heat to low; simmer 14 to 16 minutes or until meatballs are cooked through.
  3. 3
    Meanwhile, in a large pot bring 4 to 6 quarts of water to a rolling boil; add salt to taste and the Orzo; stir gently.
  4. 4
    Cook pasta according to package directions; remove from heat and drain well.
  5. 5
    Stir pasta into skillet with meatballs. Serve topped with chopped thyme, if desired.
  6. 6
    Customize it: For a veggie boost (that will go unnoticed!) add 1 cup shredded carrot to the simmering sauce.

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