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Pesto Pasta with Meatballs and Green Beans

Course Main Course
Keyword Pasta, Perdue
Servings 3 people



  • 1/2 Cup Onion Finely Diced
  • 1/4 Cup Mint Chopped Very Finely
  • 1/4 Cup Fresh Parsley Chopped Very Finely
  • 1 Tbs Rosemary Chopped Finely
  • 2 Cloved Garlic Finely Minced
  • 2 Tbs Sugar
  • 1 Egg
  • 1/2 Cup Grated Parmesan Cheese
  • 1 Cup Bread Crumbs
  • 1 Lb package of Niman Ranch All Natural Ground Beef
  • 1 Lb package of Niman Ranch All Natural Ground Pork
  • Salt & Pepper to Taste


  • 1 Lb Penne Pasta
  • 1 Lb Green Beans Cleaned and cut in 2-3 inch pieces
  • 1 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1/2 Cup Yellow Onion Finely Diced
  • 2 Tbsp Italian Parsley Chopped
  • 8 Oz Basil Pesto Jar or Fresh
  • 1/3 Cup Cream Cheese
  • Salt & Pepper to Taste
  • *recipe not included here



  1. Using your hands, mix all ingredients together in a medium sized bowl. Make sure all components are blended together well throughout the mixture.

  2. Roll mixture together in firm balls a little larger than a golf ball. Place on a plate one at a time until all the mixture has been used.

  3. Cover, and place the plate of meatballs in the refrigerator for about 15-20 minutes.

  4. Preheat oven to 450°.

  5. Remove meatballs from fridge, place on oiled baking sheet spaced about 2 inches apart and bake in oven for 10 minutes.

  6. Remove and turn to ensure, place back in oven for 5 more minutes. Remove and set aside.


  1. While meatballs are cooking, boil water in a large pot with a dash of salt. When at full boil, add pasta noodles and cook per directions on packaging. When timer says 2 more minutes for pasta to be done, add green beans to the pot.

  2. When fully cooked, drain pasta and green beans but reserve 1 cup of pasta water for later use. Set aside.

  3. In same pot over medium-high heat, warm olive oil. Add onions and cook for 2 minutes, stirring regularly. Add cream cheese, pesto, reserved pasta water, salt and pepper. Whisk together until mixture is smooth.

  4. Add pasta, green beans and 1 tablespoon parsley to pot and mix gently to avoid breaking up cooked pasta.

  5. Add meatballs to the pot and mix gently.

  6. Serve in bowls topped with a sprinkle of parsley and parmesan cheese. Pesto Pasta with Meatballs is ready to enjoy!