I love hearty meaty pasta dishes from my Million Dollar Baked Penne to my Spaghetti Bolognese to my Shrimp Fettuccine but I also love meatballs like my Cranberry Meatballs, Korean Meatballs and Swedish Meatballs so why not combine them in more recipes than just Meatballs and Spaghetti? Because meatballs make everything better and and these Parmesan Meatballs are dreamy – you are going to want to through them in all your pastas! So prepare to fall in love and prepare to fall hard.
When you are in the mood for comfort food, it doesn’t get much better than a velvety, creamy sauce unless the sauce is infused with fresh basil, garlic and shallots and spiced with hints of Dijon and paprika AND creamified with Parmesan and mozzarella – heavy on the mozzarella – all coating and cradling Parmesan meatballs and tender orzo. Yeah, doesn’t get any better.
You can substitute a different pasta but I especially love the texture of the rice-like orzo with the meatballs. And if you’re just getting into orzo, you are going to want to also check out my Italian Chicken Orzo Pasta and Southwest Orzo Salad with Chipotle Honey Lime Vinaigrette – both dreamy!
Orzo is also perfect for this orzo pasta because every last centimeter gets bathed in sauce. Every centimeter. The sauce only uses 1 tablespoon of butter to make a roux while the milk and only 1/2 cup cream are mixed with cornstarch so the sauce is extra thick and creamy without lots of butter. But there still is cheese. You can’t have a mozzarella cream sauce without cheese. and boy, is it so good!
The most time consuming part of this meal is making the meatballs but if you want a super quick meal, you can make the meatballs either to the point of rolling or baking or even use pre-made meatballs (audible gasp! j/k – I’m all about convenience here – whatever gets you to make this sauce!) so when it comes time to make the sauce, the meal can be made in a flash.
And consumed almost just as quickly.
Open wide…Its Parmesan Meatballs and Orzo in Mozzarella Basil Cream Sauce time!
Looking for more easy Italian pasta recipes?
- Cheesy Bolognese Pasta Bake
- Cheesy Italian Meatball Sliders
- One Skillet Cheesy Meaty Penne
- Skinny Fettuccine Alfredo
- Million Dollar Mac and Cheese
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