• Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 pound Alessi Organic Rigatoni
  • 1 teaspoon Alessi Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 3 cups baby spinach, divided
  • 1 egg
  • Alessi Sea Salt and Ground Black Pepper, to taste
  • 1 teaspoon Alessi Garlic PureeAdd
  • 1 cup Alessi Italian Style Seasoned Bread CrumbsAdd
  • 1/2 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 pound Italian sausage, casing removed
  • 1 jar Alessi Smooth Marinara
  • 1/2 cup ricotta cheese, divided

Directions

Preheat oven to 450.

Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain, return to pot and toss with olive oil.

Chop 1 cup spinach. In a large bowl, combine egg, salt, pepper, garlic, breadcrumbs, meat and chopped spinach. Mix until evenly blended and then form into 1½ inch meatballs. Place on greased baking sheet and bake for 7-9 minutes until brown.

 Add the marinara sauce to the pasta with ¼ cup ricotta, remaining spinach and the meatballs. Mix until evenly combined and transfer to a baking dish. Dollop the remaining ricotta on top and broil for 3-4 minutes until cheese is melted.