The Meatball Has Landed


Southern cook Paula Deen is known for preparing delicious down-home dishes. This week, Paula shows us creative ways to prepare three classic steaks. These must be tasted to be believed!

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3 Jars of Rao’s Marinara Sauce
4 slices of thick-cut Bacon or salt-pork (chopped)
1 Sprig Fresh Thyme, 1 Sprig Fresh Rosemary
2 Bay Leaves
3 32 oz. Cartons of Beef Stock
1lb. Ground Beef (93%)
1lb. Ground Sweet Italian Sausage
1lb. Ground Turkey
½ Large Yellow Onion (Chopped)
½ Cup Italian Parsley (Chopped)
6 Garlic Cloves (Minced)
1 Tbsp. Italian Seasoning
1 tsp Garlic Powder
2 Eggs
1 Cup Grated Fresh Parmesan Cheese
1 ½ Cups Plain Panko Bread Crumbs
½ Cup Milk
¾ Cup Quick Cook Oatmeal
1 tsp Salt, ½ tsp Pepper
2 Packages of fresh Pasta (Fettuccine)

  • In a large wide pot, brown the chopped bacon (or salt-pork). Add the Rao’s Marinara sauce and cook over low heat. Add bay leaves, 1 tsp Italian seasoning, thyme, and rosemary.
  • In a large stockpot, heat the beef stock until just boiling.
  • Combine the meat, onion, garlic, parsley, Italian seasoning, garlic powder, eggs, parmesan cheese, bread crumbs, milk, oatmeal, and salt and pepper.
  • Mix all ingredients by hand.
  • Form large meatballs and drop into your beef stock.
  • Cook for 10 minutes and then remove and add to your Marinara sauce.
  • Cook your pasta in salted water, drain and plate up your pasta, sauce, and meatballs.
  • Top with a little Parmesan cheese. YUM!


½ Stick of Salted Butter
¼ Cup Olive Oil
4 Sprigs Fresh Thyme
3 Garlic Cloves (smashed)
8 Slices of Italian Bread

  • Add butter, oil, thyme, and garlic to a small pot and cook over low heat for about 5 minutes.
  • Use a brush and coat both sides of your bread slices.
  • Cook under a low broiler until light brown then flip and brown the other side.