Last updated on February 23, 2019 by Liza Hawkins
There’s hardly anything better than Italian meatballs on the table in a half hour, and having dinner taken care of for later in the week, too!
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Carando®. All opinions are entirely my own.
When it comes to weeknight comfort food, pasta is nearly always a go-to and spaghetti with meatballs is a favorite.
Though, I’ll admit, making homemade meatballs during the week feels like a daunting task. I’m sure it can be done, but after a long day, sometimes a little extra help makes all the difference.
Carando meatballs come in two flavors, Sicilian and Abruzzese, and they’re found right in the fresh meat section at Giant Eagle.
Their meatballs are made from premium pork, without fillers and with no MSG, which is why they’re a favorite when a simple, great tasting solution is needed!
For this easy weeknight meal, I used two packs of Carando Abruzzese meatballs.
They come twelve meatballs to a package, which is more than plenty for one night’s dinner with our family of four, but I wanted to ensure I had leftovers for later in the week.
Because, friends… The best thing about meatballs is that they not only get better with time, they’re also super versatile for meals!
I started the Instant Pot on sauté with a few tablespoons of olive oil int he bottom.
Once hot, I added the meatballs (my 6 QT 6-in-1 Instant Pot wouldn’t quite hold all twenty-four meatballs, so I did two batches) and let them brown up a bit on the outside before removing them.
They’ll finish cooking later!
You don’t want to let those go to waste…
Then, in go the tomato sauce and the meatballs, and the Instant Pot gets set for fifteen minutes.
We all know it takes more than fifteen minutes from start to finish when you use an Instant Pot, but since there isn’t a ton of liquid with these meatballs, and because it’s already hot from being on sauté mode for a bit, I found it doesn’t take that long to rise to pressure and then begin the cooking countdown.
Once done, you have an Instant Pot full of meatballs that are super tender, thanks to the sauce they simmered in under pressure.
I serve the meatballs simply with spaghetti that’s been simmered in salty water, cooked al dente, and then tossed in the thin, robust sauce from the meatballs.
And then (here comes the really good part), later in the week I make use of those extra meatballs I prepped.
The leftovers always go into the fridge, along with the remaining sauce.
The longer they sit together, the better the flavors meld, and I swear the meatballs get even more tender (though it’s hard to believe that’s possible).
And, a few days later, open-faced meatball subs are on the menu, ready in about fifteen minutes, and topped with loads of mozzarella—these are practically drool-worthy.
Slice the meatballs in half and lay them on square ciabatta rolls that have been slathered with leftover sauce.
Then sprinkle a generous heap of shredded mozzarella on top.
A slice of Provolone would be tasty, too, if you have it.
They get baked at 350°F for about ten minutes, and then finished off under the broiler for another few minutes until they’re toasty on top.
Carando meatballs are an easy, quality weeknight solution for the whole family that taste great.
There's hardly anything better than Italian meatballs on the table in a half hour, and having dinner taken care of for later in the week, too!
- 2 packs Carando Abruzzese meatballs
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 cup beef or chicken stock
- 1 15.5 ounce jar of marinara sauce
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Carando. All opinions are entirely my own.