Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Chicken Cacciatore Spaghetti and Meatballs with Ragu® Old World Style® Traditional Pasta Sauce

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 When I was a child, my mother made her spicy version of Chicken Cacciatore over a fluffy bed of white rice almost once a week.  It was one of my favorite meals and I always looked forward to eating it.  After creating my Ragu no boil Lasagna , I was inspired to look around Ragu's recipe site when I noticed their skillet Chicken Cacciatore.   This filled me with childhood memories so I knew it was the next dish I would work with using  Ragu® Old World Style® Traditional Pasta Sauce.  I decided to do a"Tra-Dish" version the the classic Cacciatore by creating a Spaghetti and Meatballs dinner using the same ingredients.  It was such a fun spaghetti dinner and I received a big thumbs up from the kids and my husband.   


The Pasta:
1lb spaghetti pasta cooked to al dente in salted water

The Meatballs:
2lbs of lean ground chicken
1 egg
1 small handful of minced parsley
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp oregano
1 tsp granulated garlic (or 2 cloves grated)
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
3 slices of bread soaked in about 1/4 cup of milk*
Salt and Pepper to taste

Mix well and form into meatballs.  Do not overwork the meatballs when you shape them so they stay tender.

I made golf size meatballs.  I like the dramatic size of these meatballs and they don't get lost in the sauce.  You can make them any size you like.

*Note:  you can use bread crumbs if you like to bind the meatballs.  But I prefer soaking a few slices of bread in milk until they soften and you can "mush" with your fingers.  This gives the meatball a very tender texture.

Fry the meatballs on med-high heat in about 2 Tbs of oil.  You may have to do it in two batches.  After the meatballs brown on all sides transfer to a plate.  You don't have to cook the meatballs fully, they will finish cooking in the sauce.

The Cacciatore Sauce:
2 jars (1 lb. 8 oz.) Ragu® Old World Style® Traditional Pasta Sauce
2 large bell pepper diced
1 large onion diced
2 cups diced celery
2 tsp dried oregano
2 tsp dried basil
red chili flakes to taste
salt and black pepper to taste
3-4 cloves of garlic minced or grated
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese (plus more for garnish)
2 Tbs capers (optional)

 Prepare Meatballs as instructed above.  Then prepare all your vegetables.  In a large pot saute the celery, onion and bell pepper in 2 Tbs olive oil.  Once they soften, add garlic, dried basil, oregano. salt, black pepper and red chili flakes.

Next add browned meatballs and Ragu® Old World Style® Traditional Pasta Sauce.  Simmer covered on medium low for 30 minutes. Stir occasionally.

Finally add Parmesan cheese and capers. Cook another 2-3 minutes.  Serve over al dente noodles.  Enjoy.

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  1. Quick and delicious meatballs with pasta makes a very nice weeknight meal! I always love celery in my sauce too! :)

  2. Oh my, lady. You've done it again. You've created a fantastic, delicious dinner that I want even though it's not even noon yet.

  3. Slurp! That looks good dear ... *tummy rumbles*

  4. That ragu sauce looks so delicious :D

    Choc Chip Uru

  5. You get a big thumbs up from me too for this one! :D Spaghetti and meatballs was one of my favorites as a kid, and I love this cacciatore spaghetti! With even more snow on the way I could definitely warm up with a plate of this. :D

  6. I love quick and easy meals. I also love delicious meals and this one is going to appear on my table soon!

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