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Meatballs in Cream Sauce

Rated as 4.38 out of 5 Stars
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"A one-dish meal of your favorite meatballs (mine are Kirkland Signature® from Costco®). Creamy mushrooms, ranch sauce with vegetables, and pasta make this great comfort food."
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Ingredients

45 m servings 480
Original recipe yields 4 servings

Directions

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  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil; add penne and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender yet firm to the bite, about 11 minutes. Drain.
  2. Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Cook and stir bacon in skillet until crispy, about 10 minutes. Remove bacon with a slotted spoon to a plate lined with paper towel to drain.
  3. Cook meatballs in the bacon drippings in the skillet until browned, about 2 minutes per side; remove with a slotted spoon to a bowl.
  4. Stir flour and ranch mix into the retained drippings; cook and stir until the mixture is smooth. Slowly stream milk into the skillet while stirring; continue stirring and bring to a boil. Whisk cream of mushroom soup and ricotta cheese into the milk mixture; add meatballs, asparagus, and mushrooms. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until the asparagus is tender, 7 to 10 minutes.
  5. Stir bacon into the sauce; season with red pepper flakes, salt, and black pepper. Garnish sauce with Parmesan cheese and parsley; serve over cooked pasta.

Footnotes

  • Cook's Notes:
  • Substitute frozen peas, broccoli, or mixed vegetables for asparagus. Or, you can use 1 cup frozen chopped spinach, cooked and drained, reserving the drained water to thin the sauce as needed.
  • Pasta can be egg noodles (such as No Yolks®), tube-type, ravioli, or tortellini.

Nutrition Facts


Per Serving: 480 calories; 15.1 61.2 25 64 781 Full nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Very good! I only used peas, no asparagus or mushrooms and my husband couldn't eat it fast enough!

Most helpful critical review

It was ok. I was hoping for more flavor especially since it had the ranch dressing in it. I couldn't taste it at all. It was also a little too thick. If you make this, add more milk.

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Very good! I only used peas, no asparagus or mushrooms and my husband couldn't eat it fast enough!

This turned out pretty well. DH wants me to make it again some time. I used only peas. DH doesn't like mushrooms, so I left those out and used cream of celery soup instead. When making the sauce...

kids liked it,used peas instead of asparagus and sliced baby bellas (8 oz package)

This was tasty! I didnt have bacon or asparagus and I also added sour cream but otherwise I followed the recipe and my husband and I enjoyed it greatly! Its a different kind of recipe from anyth...

I made this as a meatball dish rather than as a meal, so I didn't make the pasta or add the asparagus or mushrooms. After reading several reviews, I decided to use skim milk rather than whole m...

I made this to the letter and found it lacking just a little flavor. When I added salt and a touch of balsamic vinegar to it on my plate it was pretty tasty. I will make this again .

It was ok. I was hoping for more flavor especially since it had the ranch dressing in it. I couldn't taste it at all. It was also a little too thick. If you make this, add more milk.

Matched it with a good red wine.