Red Lentil Spaghetti with Meatballs

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Ingredients 4 Servings


  • 1 box Barilla® Red Lentil Spaghetti
  • 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, small dice
  • 1 yellow red pepper, small dice
  • 1 pound ground beef 80/20
  • 1 slice white bread
  • 1 egg yolk
  • ½  cup Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, divided   
  • 1 tablespoon parsley, chopped
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
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  • Pre-heat oven to 400° F.

  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil. 
  • In a small bowl soak the bread in water then squeeze out the excess water. 

  • In a medium bowl, mix the ground beef, egg yolk, half the cheese, bread, salt, and pepper.
  • Form ½-inch balls and bake in the oven until thoroughly cooked and slightly brown, approximately 12 minutes. 
  • Meanwhile, in a skillet sauté garlic with olive oil for one minute, add bell peppers and 1 cup of water, season with salt and black pepper and cover with a lid, cook slowly for about twenty minutes over medium heat. 

  • Cook pasta according to package directions, drain and toss with pepper mixture and meatballs. 
  • Add parsley and remaining cheese before serving.
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