Of course being Italian, Pasta comes to mind first.  This time around it’s Gemelli & Meatballs in a full bodied tomato sauce. Cork screw pasta… A playful pasta that grabs and holds onto a rich tomato sauce. Add Papa’s meatballs and you have a meal that will satisfy. The average pasta & meatball dish starts at over 950 mg’s of sodium.  My Gemelli and meatballs come in at 288 mg’s. Food really does taste great without all of that salt. Trust me, you'll like it…

Gemelli Pasta & Meatballs                               Per Serving: - Calories 545; Sodium 288mg; Fat 27g; Protein 23 g; Carbohydrate 48g;
Cholesterol 61mg; Dietary fiber 5 mg.
Ingredients: Gemelli & Sauce
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Place olive oil & red pepper flakes in a skillet. Heat skillet to medium low then saute Onion for 5 minutes. Add Garlic and cook for 3 minutes more. Remove from skillet and allow to cool for 10 minutes.

In a large Bowl place the following ingredients in
Ground beef & pork, Saute onion & garlic, Basil, Oregano, Parsley, Grated cheese, Soaked bread crumbs, Eggs, Sea salt, Ground pepper.

Mix all of the ingredients together by hand until they are combined…  Use a soft touch and do not compact or over mix your meatball ingredients.

Line a baking tray with aluminum foil . Pre-heat oven to 425 degrees f.
Place 1 ounce of the meatball mixture into your hand, (about the size of a golf ball). Lightly roll both of your hands together with the mix between them to form a ball.

Place the meatballs (as you are making them) onto the baking tray. Place full tray of meatballs into the oven. Bake for 20 minutes.

Your meatballs are now ready.
Gemelli  (Corkscrew pasta)
Plum Tomatoes – (no salt added)
Tomato Paste – (no salt added)
Onion – minced
Garlic - minced
Red Bell Pepper – chopped
Crimini Mushrooms - sliced
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Red Pepper Flakes
No Salt Seasoning (Kirkland)
Red Wine
Balsamic Vinegar
Basil – dried
Oregano – dried
Parsley – dried
Parmigiano Reggiano Cheese
Sea Salt
Black Pepper

Place a large Skillet on top of Stove. Add olive oil & red pepper flakes in the skillet. Heat skillet to low (about 3 minutes). Saute Onion for 8 minutes (till soft & translucent).

It’s important to saute your onions & garlic very slow to create a flavor foundation.

Add garlic and cook for 3 minutes more. Bell pepper and cook for 5 minutes. Mushrooms & Balsamic Vinegar over the  mushrooms, Cook for 3 minutes. No salt seasoning (1/2 tsp)– mix will veggies. Tomato Paste – stir into veggies. Plum tomatoes & 1 cup of water. Mix till combined. Simmer for 15 minutes.

Add spices- Basil, Oregano, Parsley and Sugar (to balance out the acid in the sauce). Red Wine, stir to combine then simmer for 15 minutes.
Add meatballs to your sauce and simmer for 15 minutes until pasta is ready
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Ground Beef
Ground Pork
Onion - minced
Garlic - minced
Bread Crumbs (unsalted)
Almond Milk
Parmigiano Reggiano Cheese
Egg Substitute ( or 2 eggs)
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Red Pepper Flakes
Dried Basil
Dried Oregano
Dried Parsley
No Salt Seasoning (Kirkland)
Sea Salt
Ground Black Pepper
Olive Oil Spray
Ingredients: Meatballs
Papa's Italian Meatballs                                        Per Serving: - Calories 341; Sodium 264mg; Fat 26g; Protein 19 g; Carbohydrate 7 g;
Cholesterol 74mg; Dietary fiber 1 mg.
Gemelli Pasta
Place large pot on stove with 6 quarts of water. Bring water to a boil (cover pot to boil water). Place pasta into boiling water and stir after a minute making sure the pasta is not sticking. Cook as suggested on Pasta Package (10 to 12 minutes on the average).
Strain pasta then place pasta back into your pot & place pot on the stove on low heat for 2 minutes, making sure all water has evaporated
Add Gemelli to your simmering sauce, Mix through gently with a wooden spoon.

Place in a serving dish, sprinkle top with grated cheese and serve...
Papa’s Cooking Tip
Wet your hands with water before starting to roll your meatballs.
Keep them moist and you will be able to roll them very easily with out the mix sticking to your hands…
Gemelli Pasta & Meatballs
Recipe by 
Tony LeDonne