Bacon Cheddar Ranch Meatballs and Spaghetti
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Recipe type: Main Dish, Appetizer
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Serves: 4-6
 
You can make these amazing Cheddar Ranch Chicken Meatballs as an appetizer or take it a few steps further to make the complete meal.
Ingredients
  • CHEDDAR RANCH CHICKEN MEATBALLS:
  • 1 pound ground chicken
  • 1 1 ounce package of ranch dressing mix
  • ¾ cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 egg
  • ⅛ cup whole milk
  • ¼ cup fresh chopped parsley
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • ½ cup finely chopped yellow onion
  • ½ cup bread crumbs
  • olive oil
  • SPAGHETTI WITH PARMESAN CREAM SAUCE:
  • 1 package of Spaghetti
  • 8 slices of bacon
  • 2 tablespoons reserved bacon fat
  • 2 tablespoons of butter (or 4 tablespoons if omitting bacon)
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1½ cups freshly grated parmesan cheese
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh parsley
  • Optional: more fresh parsley and fresh grated parmesan to garnish
Instructions
  1. CHEDDAR RANCH MEATBALLS:
  2. Preheat oven to 400F
  3. Line baking pan with parchment paper
  4. Mix all the MEATBALL ingredients (EXCEPT, olive oil) until incorporated
  5. Form 1.5 inch meatballs and place on baking pan
  6. Lightly drizzle or spray the meatballs with olive oil
  7. Bake for 15 minutes or until desired internal temperature
  8. SPAGHETTI WITH PARMESAN CREAM SAUCE:
  9. Cook bacon till nice and crispy, reserving 2 tablespoons of bacon fat
  10. Cook Spaghetti in salted boiling water according to directions until al dente
  11. Add reserved bacon grease and butter in a medium saucepan and melt over medium low heat
  12. Add cream and simmer for 5 minutes
  13. Add garlic and cheese and whisk quickly and heat through
  14. Stir in parsley and pour sauce over cooked Spaghetti
  15. Top the parmesan cream sauce spaghetti with meatballs, crispy bacon, more parmesan and parsley if desired
Recipe by Whisking Mama at https://www.whiskingmama.com/bacon-cheddar-ranch-meatballs-spaghetti/