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Mini Muttballs and Ditalini

October 2007
Mini Muttballs and Ditalini

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Every pup is sure to go for these meatballs. Always check with your vet about which foods are appropriate for you to share with your pet.

Makes: 4 servings

Prep: 10 mins

Cook: 10 mins

  • 6 cups chicken broth
  • Salt
  • 3/4 pound ground beef, pork and veal
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/3 cup chopped shredded carrots
  • 1/3 cup grated parmigiano-reggiano cheese, plus more for sprinkling
  • 1/3 cup bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped parsley
  • 1 clove garlic, mashed into a paste with a little salt (optional)
  • Pepper
  • 1/2 pound ditalini pasta
  1. In a large, deep skillet or saucepan, bring the broth to a boil, then salt it and lower to a simmer.
  2. Meanwhile, in a bowl, combine the ground meat, eggs, carrots, cheese, bread crumbs, parsley and garlic paste, if using; season with pepper. Form into 1-inch balls.
  3. Drop the meatballs into the broth and simmer until cooked through, about 5 minutes. Stir in the pasta and cook until al dente, 6 to 7 minutes. Let cool before serving to your pooch! Season the people's portions with salt and pepper and sprinkle with more parmigiano-reggiano.