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45 MIN
Serves : 4 to 6

The combination of orzo and ricotta make these little cinnamon-spiced meatballs nicely light. Slideshow: Meatball Recipes

How to Make It

Step 1    

In a saucepan of salted boiling water, cook the orzo until al dente. Drain and let cool.

Step 2    

In a bowl, beat the egg, shallot, garlic, cinnamon and nutmeg. Add the orzo, ground beef, ricotta, water, salt, pepper and the 1/4 cup of chopped basil and mix well. Shape into 1 1/4-inch meatballs and transfer to a rimmed baking sheet.

Step 3    

In a large, deep skillet, heat the olive oil. Cook the meatballs over moderately high heat, turning, until just cooked through, 7 minutes. Transfer to a plate.

Step 4    

Add the marinara sauce to the skillet and cook over moderate heat until hot, 5 minutes. Add the meatballs and simmer until hot, 3 minutes. Spoon the meatballs and sauce into shallow bowls, garnish with basil and serve with shaved cheese.

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