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    Pasta with Turkey Meatballs and Bocconcini

    **Recipe of the Month Winner October 2013**

    This recipe is from Martha Stewart Everyday Foods. I made it a couple times and it is really delicious and worth the effort (this is about as complicated as I get when it comes to cooking!):

    Serves 4

    * Coarse salt and ground pepper
    * 3/4 pound ground turkey (93 percent lean, dark meat)
    * 1/4 cup plain dry breadcrumbs
    * 2 garlic cloves, minced
    * 1 large egg, lightly beaten
    * 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
    * 1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley
    * 2 tablespoons butter
    * 1 pint grape tomatoes, halved
    * 8 ounces orecchiette or other short pasta
    * 1/2 pint bocconcini (about 20 balls)


    1. Set a large pot of salted water to boil. In a large bowl, combine turkey, breadcrumbs, garlic, egg, 2 tablespoons Parmesan, 1/4 cup parsley, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper; mix to combine. Using a level 1-tablespoon measure for each, form mixture into meatballs (you should have about 24).
    2. In a large skillet, heat 1 tablespoon butter over medium-high. Add meatballs, and cook, turning occasionally, until browned all over, 5 to 7 minutes. Add 1 1/2 cups water; simmer, stirring occasionally, until meatballs are cooked through and liquid is reduced to about 1/2 cup, 10 to 12 minutes. Add tomatoes; cook until they begin to soften, about 1 minute.
    3. Meanwhile, cook pasta in boiling water until al dente, according to package instructions. Drain, return to pot, and place on the still-warm burner. Add bocconcini, meatballs and sauce, remaining 1/4 cup parsley, remaining 2 tablespoons Parmesan, and remaining tablespoon butter. Season with salt and pepper, and toss until combined.
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    Last edited by bullmama; 11-24-2013 at 02:08 PM.

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