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Meatball Shell Lollipops

These crispy, fried pasta shells stuffed with juicy meatballs are just prime for dipping.

Ingredients

  • For the mini meatballs
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 large egg
  • ¼ cup parsley, chopped
  • 1 large clove garlic, minced
  • 4 tablespoons parmesan cheese
  • 1 tablespoon plain bread crumbs
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • For the pasta
  • 1 pound extra large pasta shells
  • 1 cup flour
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 2 cups Italian bread crumbs
  • Parsley, for garnish
  • Marinara sauce, for dipping
  • Small wooden skewers

Steps

  1. Preheat a few inches of oil in a large heavy bottomed saucepan to 325 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl mix together all meatball ingredients until evenly combined. Make a meatball using one tablespoon of mixture and place inside one cooked pasta shell and cover with another shell. Put a skewer through a bit of shell and inside meatball. Dredge in flour and shake off excess. Roll shells in beaten egg followed by bread crumbs. Shake off excess. Carefully place a few skewers in hot oil. Fry for 5-8 minutes or until golden brown and crispy. Drain on a paper towel lined plate. Garnish with parsley. Dip in marinara sauce and enjoy!