Parmesan Meatballs and Orzo in Mozzarella Basil Cream Sauce

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This Parmesan Meatballs and Orzo in Mozzarella Basil Cream Sauce Recipe is sure to make your mouth water just thinking about it. With juicy meatballs and tender orzo in a lightened up the yummy sauce. This meatball recipe gives you the ultimate in comfort food; it doesn’t get much better the velvety cream sauce infused with fresh basil, garlic, and shallots and spices with a bit of Dijon and paprika along with fresh shredded Parmesan and shredded mozzarella. You can substitute a different pasta for the orzo, but the texture of the rice-like orzo works perfectly with the meatballs and the tiny pasta gets covered in sauce. The lightened sauce recipe only uses one tablespoon of butter to make the roux, while some milk and a small amount of cream mixed with the cornstarch so the sauce is extra thick and creamy without the use of too butter. This recipe is not light on the cheese with plenty of fresh shredded parmesan and loads of shredded mozzarella. You'll love the homemade meatballs recipe with lean ground beef, chopped onion, Worcestershire sauce, panko bread crumbs, garlic powder and fresh grated Parmesan cheese. You can make the meatballs recipe to the point of rolling or baking, or if you are strapped for time, you can use pre-made meatballs. You can also make this easy meatball recipe ahead of time and refrigerate the raw meatballs or meatballs that are cooked to make this recipe quick to put together any night of the week. This homemade meatballs recipe and cream sauce can be garnished with freshly grated Parmesan cheese, fresh basil, fresh parsley, and freshly squeezed lemon juice.

The fresh basil in the mozzarella basil cream sauce and as a garnish for this recipe idea takes this recipe over the top. Basil is the fragrant herb that is most often used fresh in cooked recipes. Typically you want to add basil to the recipe at the last minute as cooking can quickly destroy the flavor. When storing fresh basil you can keep it for a short time in a plastic bag in the refrigerator, or for longer periods of time in the freezer, after it is first blanched quickly in boiling water. A chiffonade is a pile of long, delicate ribbons of herbs that are basically, a julienne of fresh herbs or other greens. Basil is the perfect herb for chiffonades as it makes the herb look nicer in dishes rather than roughly cutting the herb. To start, you'll want first to wash and dry several fresh basil leaves, then stack the leaves on top of one another. The leaves will then be rolled up lengthwise into a tight roll, and using a very sharp knife, slice the roll crosswise very thinly.

When it comes to making homemade meatballs, it's always a good idea to get ground beef that comes from happy cows. Free range grass fed beef ensures that the cows are not fed with corn or soy based diet. Free range beef is beef that has been raised on grass pasture. The cows have a diet full of nutrient-rich grasses and pasture forage. Hopefully, the cows have been able to get plenty of outdoor time to graze and get some fresh air. When you eat beef that comes from happy cows, you can feel better about what you eat. This parmesan meatballs in mozzarella basil cream sauce are just one of the how to make homemade meatballs recipes on the Carlsbad Cravings recipe site. On this site, you will also find appetizers, breakfast, dessert, holiday, main dish, soup and salad recipes, side dish and more. *

Nutrition Facts for: Parmesan Meatballs and Orzo in Mozzarella Basil Cream Sauce from Carlsbad Cravings
Ingredients: Orzo pasta, lean ground beef, Panko breadcrumbs, greated Parmesan, eggs, onion, garlic powder, salt, pepper, dried parsley, dried oregano, Worcestershire sauce, milk, olive oil, butter, clove garlic, shallot, all purpose flour, chicken broth, heavy cream, cornstarch, Dijon mustard, mozzarella, petite peas, paprika, red pepper flakes, flat leaf parsley, basil.
* Percentages (%) are based on a 2000 calorie diet * The entire recipe has been calculated for 6 servings * Per Serving:Calories 735, Calories from Fat 272, Total Fat 30.2g 46%, Saturated Fat 14.8g 74%, Cholesterol 254mg 85%, Sodium 1317mg 55%, Potassium 813mg 23%, Carbohydrates 50.3g 17%, Dietary Fiber 2.1g 8%, Sugars 5.7g, Protein 64.7g, Vitamin A 24%, Vitamin C 26%, Calcium 55%, Iron 138%

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