Turkey meatballs with angel hair pasta is what you need the next time it's a weeknight and you're wondering what's for dinner and you need something easy and healthy and crowd-pleasing.
Ever wondered if healthy, easy, homemade turkey meatballs that aren’t dry as cardboard even exist? This recipe is proof that they do. These tender meatballs oozing with melted mozzarella just may coax even your pickiest eater to make it through dinner without a single complaint.–Renee Schettler Rossi
Turkey Meatballs With Angel Hair Pasta Recipe
- Quick Glance
- 30 M
- 1 H
- Serves 4
- 1/2 pound (227 grams) angel hair pasta
- 1 pound (454 grams) ground turkey
- 1 large egg
- 1/4 cup (1 ounce or 28 grams) dried Italian breadcrumbs
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 20 cubes mozzarella cheese (about 1/2 inch cubes or approximately 3 ounces or 85 grams total)
- A little olive oil
- 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
- Leaves from 4 sprigs fresh thyme, chopped
- 1/4 cup (2 ounces/57 grams) unsalted butter
- 1/2 cup (118 ml) chicken stock
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
- Finely grated Parmesan or Pecorino Romano cheese (optional)
- 1. In a pot of boiling salted water, cook the pasta according to the package directions.
- 2. Meanwhile, in a bowl, combine the ground turkey, egg, and breadcrumbs. Season with salt and pepper. Take a pinch of the turkey meatball mixture and sizzle it in a skillet over medium or medium-high heat until its cooked through. Taste and, if desired, adjust the seasoning in the remaining turkey meatball mixture.)
- 3. Press a small handful of the turkey mixture around each cheese cube to make 20 meatballs.
- 4. Heat about 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil in a large cast iron or nonstick skillet over medium heat. Cook the meatballs until golden brown on the outside and cooked through on the inside, 5 to 15 minutes, depending on the size of the meatballs and the exact heat of the burner.
- 5. Toss the garlic, thyme, and butter into the skillet and cook, stirring frequently, about 2 minutes more.
- 6. Add the chicken stock, parsley, and cooked pasta, and cook, gently tossing, until heated through, about 5 minutes. Adjust the seasoning accordingly and serve immediately. If desired, sprinkle with cheese.
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