Turkey Meatballs with Pasta

Turkey is a much lighter option compared to beef when it comes to meatballs. Although the meat is a lot damper and less rigid you can still make meatballs with them. They are very refreshing and a nice change from the usual run-of-the-mill recipes you get. In here I use an apple to add sweetness and bind the meatballs together with egg and breadcrumbs. I also made my own pasta so I use this to serve with the dish but you can use dried pasta if you don’t have time to make fresh pasta.

This will easily feed 3-4 people (depending on how greedy the people are)

Meatballs Ingredients

  • 450-500g of turkey mince
  • 1 tablespoon of mixed herbs
  • 1 apple, peeled, cored, finely chopped and diced
  • 1 onion finely chopped and diced
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 egg
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • Breadcrumbs from 1 slice of bread
  • A few leaves of fresh parsley (optional)
  • olive oil

Sauce Ingredients

  • 1 Onion chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 tablespoon of mixed herbs
  • 1 tin of chopped tomatoes
  • 1 pepper sliced and roughly chopped
  • a splash of Worcester sauce (use balsamic vinegar if you do not have this)
  • Half a mug of beef or vegetable stock.
  • Salt and pepper

 

We need to finely chop the garlic, onion and apple after peeling and slicing. Start with the  garlic and then the onion.

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Add this to a food processor and then peel and chop the apple.

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Put this in the food processor too and mash it all up together.

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Lovely. Now put this in a large bowl.

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Add the turkey and herbs.

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Now the breadcrumbs and egg. Add some salt and pepper for seasoning.

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Mix it all up.

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Then use a spoon to dish out spoonfuls of the mixture to make meatballs about 4cm across in diameter. Ensure this is a large plate because there will be a lot of meatballs.

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Now if you are not cooking all these meatballs (I would recommend about 4-5 per person), then you can transfer some to another plate and put in the fridge for a few days.

Heat a large wok or frying pan and add about 2 tablespoons of oil. If you do not have a large pan, you may have to cook these in batches.

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Turn to a medium heat and start cooking on one side. After a minute, use a spoon or a fork to turn them over.

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We don’t want them to burn too much on any side so keep them rotating for a few minutes. Be careful because they are quite delicate. After about 10 minutes of cooking they should be done. Transfer them to a plate.

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Now its time to make the sauce! Chop up the vegetables.

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Add the onions to the pan.

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When softened after a few minutes then add the garlic and cook the garlic for 1 minute. Then add the tomatoes and peppers.

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Add the herbs, Worcester sauce and the stock. Add some salt and pepper too if you desire.

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Place the meatballs gently into the wok.

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Let them simmer and cover them with the sauce.

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While they are cooking, place some pasta into a boiling pan and cook that until it is ready. Once the pasta is done then serve.

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Try not to splash the tomato sauce everywhere and enjoy 🙂

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