Ragu Traditions: Chicken Parmesan Meatballs

Every family has traditions when it comes to food. For me, it was very rare that we did not sit down as a family for dinner each night growing up. Now, with busy lifestyles, family dinner time seems to be a thing of the past. And although we do not have kids yet, my husband and I make it a point to sit together nearly every night for dinner, no matter what our schedules entail. Full disclosure: I am typically not making a “from scratch” meal each night. With both of our hectic calendars, I am constantly trying to come up with quick recipes and shortcuts to cut down on my time in the kitchen.
If you have not noticed by now, my love for pasta goes pretty deep — I usually try to incorporate a pasta dish at least once into our weekly menu. Since making a batch of homemade sauce on a weeknight is not an option, you can usually find me in the pasta sauce aisle searching for a sauce that has that homestyle flavor in a jar.

Thanks to Ragu Homestyle Thick and HeartyTraditional Sauce, my searching days may be over. I’m usually pretty skeptical of pasta sauce in a jar — most have that overbearing, tangy tomato flavor that completely overwhelms your taste buds. Does anyone else know what I’m talking about?! When trying Ragu’s homestyle pasta sauce for the first time, I was pleasantly surprised. This sauce is bursting with flavor, complete with a delicious blend of herbs and a thickness that reminds me of the homemade sauce my mom made growing up. Best of all, these Ragu sauces do not use any artificial flavors, colors or high fructose corn syrup so you can feel good about feeding this to your family.
Chicken Parmesan is one of the few chicken dishes I love. But, between the chicken prep, breading, frying and baking, chicken Parmesan is by no means a quick dish! Enter chicken Parmesan meatballs. These meatballs are easy to mix together, cook in the oven and act as the perfect topper for your rigatoni and pasta sauce. Yes, making meatballs from scratch may seem like a lot, but this recipe made 55 1-inch meatballs that can easily be frozen for future dinners. That is one busy schedule friendly dinner!
Check out the recipe below. This pasta with chicken Parmesan meatballs allows you to spend less time in the kitchen and more time at the kitchen table with your family. That sounds like a win-win to me! To check out the rest of the sauces in the new homestyle collection, click HERE.

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Chicken Parmesan Meatballs
A delicious and simple spin on traditional chicken Parmesan
  • 2 lbs. ground chicken
  • 1/2 large yellow onion, diced
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/2 c. sour cream {I used light}
  • 1 c. Italian breadcrumbs
  • 3/4 c. plus additional for garnish freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 can + 4 TBS. Ragu Traditional Homestyle Sauce
  • Salt & pepper, to taste
  • 16 oz. rigatoni pasta
  • Basil, for garnish if desired
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Mix the ground chicken, onion, egg, sour cream, breadcrumbs, Parmesan cheese, 4 TBS of sauce and salt and pepper in a large mixing bowl. Roll into 1-inch balls. Bake for 20 minutes, flipping the meatballs over half way through the cooking. Cook until no longer pink in the center with an internal temperature of 165 degrees. Place Ragu Traditional Homestlye Pasta Sauce in a large pan with the meatballs and simmer on low. Cook pasta according to package instructions. Serve the sauce and chicken meatballs over the pasta. Garnish with basil and additional Parmesan cheese, if desired. **Recipe makes 55 1-inch meatballs**

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