Monday, October 20, 2014

Spicy Tomato Herb Meatballs

Spicy Tomato Herb Meatballs are soft and tender 5 ingredient meatballs exploding with flavor. Finally, an easy recipe that creates a magnificent meatball. Perfect for pasta dinners, meatball sandwiches and game day poppers, these are sure to be on your meal plan over and over. We made 3 batches today. You are going to love them!
 Spicy Tomato Herb Meatballs are soft and tender 5 ingredient meatballs exploding with flavor.  Finally, an easy recipe that creates a magnificent meatball. @SlowRoasted

Chad, my wonderful picky husband carried a plate full of these meatballs to his office and declared them to be "awesome meatballs". I knew right away we had a winner.

October is National Pasta Month and we are so excited to introduce you to one of the yummiest pasta's around.  To celebrate we have partnered with Pasta Chips and will be giving away a fabulous Pasta Chips Prize Pack at the bottom of this page. GIVEAWAY AT THE BOTTOM

We were first introduced to Pasta Chips at a conference in Miami.  I have to say it was love at first bite. I may or may not have passed by the Pasta Chips table several times each day. A girl's gotta eat, right?

They have 5 delicious flavors and over the last 5 months I have found favorite ways to eat each one. Every flavor has ties to a region in Italy. Alfredo, Marinara, Spicy Tomato and Herb, Sea Salt and Garlic Olive Oil flavors are all superstars in their own right. Of course with my love for Italian and Southwestern food my favorite is the Spicy Tomato Herb Pasta Chips, inspired by arrabiata sauce (spicy tomato sauce). They are so flavorful that you can add them to meatloaf, sprinkle them on top of baked pasta or dip them in your favorite cheese sauce.

If you haven't tried Pasta Chips, you are totally missing out. They really taste like pasta with fabulous seasonings, in a thin and crispy chip. Made from semolina flour they are inspired by a fabulous Osteria in Tuscany and the history shines through.

My favorite recipe with Pasta Chips has to be these easy Spicy Tomato Herb Meatballs, made with just 5 ingredients. Seriously! The Pasta Chips are so flavorful you do not need any seasoning; just beef, pasta chips, milk (to moisten the mixture), egg (to bind it) and cheese (well, because... have we met? Of course there is cheese).

They are perfectly moist and flavorful, tender meatballs with bits of Pasta Chips throughout, they go perfect with your spaghetti dinner, on a meatball sandwich or even as a game day meatball popper. Anyway you eat these you are going to love 'em!

If you are one to love a great deal, I found a fabulous coupon on Pasta Chips website, which will make purchasing them that much more enjoyable. I am so excited to have just heard they are now available at Walmart in the deli section.  You can also use their handy locator to find Pasta Chips near you.


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Spicy Tomato Herb Meatballs

MAKES 20  |  ACTIVE TIME 10 Min  |  TOTAL TIME 30 Minutes

1 pound lean ground beef (I used 88% lean)
2 (2 ounce) bags Pasta Chips Spicy Tomato and Herb, crushed
1/2 cup 2% milk
1 cup fresh grated Parmesan cheese
1 large egg, lightly beaten

Preheat oven to 400°. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil, spray foil with non stick cooking spray. Set aside.

Crush chips. Set aside.

In a medium bowl add beef and crushed chips.  Pour milk over top of chips. Add cheese and egg.  Using clean hands, mix well. Do not over mix or you will have tough meatballs.

Using a 2 tablespoon scoop, portion out meat and place on baking sheet.  After all meatballs have been scooped onto tray, roll into balls.

Bake for 20-22 minutes until meatballs are golden brown and cooked through.

Remove from baking sheet and transfer to sauce or serve immediately.


COOK'S NOTE:  If you lightly wet your hands the meatballs will form better and crack less.

Recipe doubles perfectly, but may require an addition 2-3 minutes of cook time.

Recipe developed by Donna Elick - The Slow Roasted Italian
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Pasta Chips Variety Prize Pack

1 (5 ounce) Pasta Chips Alfredo - The creamy, buttery flavors of alfredo sauce blend so nicely when parmigiano-reggiano is sprinkled in, making a decadent flavor to pair with the crunchiness of Pasta Chips.

1 (5 ounce) Pasta Chips Garlic Olive Oil - Garlic and olive oil are the ultimate romantic duo; letting garlic simmer in olive oil creates a delicious aroma that wafts throughout the kitchen. Go ahead, open the bag and let the memories flow.
1 (5 ounce) Pasta Chips Marinara - Marinara sauce brings the classic flavors of Italy into one reminiscent taste. Everyone has a secret family marinara recipe that was passed down in the family, and we’ve included ours on these chips!
1 (5 ounce) Pasta Chips Spicy Tomato Herb - Being located at the tip of the “boot”, it’s no wonder Calabria decided to add a little “kick” to the classic marinara flavor. Spice up your day with some arrabiata inspired chips!
1 (5 ounce) Pasta Chips Sea Salt - Puglia is located at the heel of the “boot” and this is where the largest salt flat in Europe is located. Simply seasoning with sea salt makes it easy for you to pair with your favorite dip!  

Disclosure: This post was created in partnership with Pasta Chips.  All opinions are our own.  


  1. I have been so obsessed with meatballs lately! They are the perfect meal! These look great!

  2. I tasted Pasta Chips at BHF and man, they are sooo good!

  3. Oh my gosh.. wish I had some for breakfast! They look delish!

  4. I haven't tried these but I'm gonna have to give them a go. As for the meatballs - these look great!

  5. Be still my heart! I'm a little bit of a meatball addict...totally going to give these a try!

  6. Every time I buy a bag of Pasta Chips I can never get them into a recipe before my family devours the bag! Genius recipe!

  7. I loved those pasta chips, they were so good! What a fun idea to put them in meatballs. I could eat meatballs every day - and these sound perfect!


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