All-In-One Spaghetti & Meatballs

This discovery came to me while contemplating making a lasagna vs. spaghetti/meatballs. Essentially, lasagna can be thought of as an all-in-one, combo meal...so why not make spaghetti and meatballs too? This recipe incorporates all of the components in one, super-flavorful, yummy ball! (serves 4):
2 cups bowtie pasta
1/4 cup olive oil
3/4 cup onion-small dice
1 T garlic-minced
1.5 lbs lean ground beef-grass fed
2 eggs
2 T paprika
1 T nutmeg
2 t cayenne pepper
2 T dried oregano
1/2 cup dried currants (or diced dried cranberries or apricots)
1/4 cup pistachios-shelled
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1.5 cup tomato sauce (homemade or store bought-organic)-divided
2 T salt
1.5 T pepper
1. In a saucepan, cook pasta according to directions; if you typically like it al dente, cook it ~2 minutes longer this time; remove from heat, drizzle with 1 T olive oil (so it doesn't stick), and reserve.
2. Heat 2 T olive oil in a pan and add onions; cook until translucent.
3. Add garlic and cook for 1 minute longer; remove and reserve.
3. In a large bowl, mix onion/garlic mixture, ground beef, eggs, paprika, nutmeg, cayenne, oregano, currants, pistachios, cheese, half of the tomato sauce, salt, and pepper.
4. Working in batches, dice bowties on a cutting board.
5. Add to the beef mixture and mix well.
6. Roll mixture into 1 to 2 inch balls.
7. On medium, heat 1 T olive oil in a pan and add meat balls to the pan; add the remaining 1/2 cup tomato sauce to the pan and cook for ~10-12 minutes, or until cooked through.

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