Campanelle with Mini Lamb Meatballs, Greens, and Gravy
This riff on Swedish meatballs swaps in spiced lamb for the traditional beef, gravy-catching campanelle for the egg noodles, and heat-tolerant crème fraîche for the sour cream.
- 1 egg
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 6 tablespoons panko breadcrumbs
- 1 teaspoon ground coriander
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
- ½ pound ground lamb
- ¼ cup beef stock
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 10 ounces campanelle
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 2½ tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 2 cups beef stock
- 6 tablespoons crème fraîche
- Sea salt, to taste
- Ground black pepper, to taste
- 4 cups baby greens
- ½ cup golden raisins, soaked in hot water for 10 minutes and drained
- Crumbled feta, to garnish
- 2 tablespoons finely chopped parsley
- In a large bowl, beat egg lightly. Add garlic, breadcrumbs, spices, and lamb, and mix thoroughly by hand. Add stock, 1 tablespoon at a time, until mixture is very moist but still holds together when rolled into a ball. You may not need all the stock. Form mixture into tablespoon-size balls. You will have 15 to 20 meatballs.
- Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add meatballs and cook until browned on all sides, 3 to 4 minutes total. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate.
- Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and cook campanelle to al dente according to package directions. Meanwhile, add butter to the meatball skillet and melt over medium heat. Once melted, whisk in flour and cook, whisking constantly, about 1 minute, or until the flour-butter mixture (called a roux) is light brown. Whisk in beef stock and cook, whisking constantly, until slightly thickened, 1 to 2 minutes. Stir in crème fraîche and season with salt and pepper. Add meatballs and cook until heated through and gravy has thickened, 8 to 10 minutes.
- Add greens to a colander and drain pasta over greens. Add pasta and greens to the skillet with the meatballs and stir to combine. Divide among 4 bowls and garnish with golden raisins, feta, and parsley.
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