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PREP 20 minutes
TOTAL 1 hour 20 minutes
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INGREDIENTS

For the meatballs
  • 500 g Turkey mince - preferably the higher fat content type
  • 2 Banana shallots - finely diced
  • 1 Fat clove of garlic - finely diced
  • ½ Red chilli - finely diced (optional)
  • 2 tbsps Fresh thyme leaves (or 2 & 1/2 tsp of dried)
  • 1 tbsp Fresh rosemary - chopped fine (or 2 tsp of dried)
  • 1 tbsp Breadcrumbs
  • A good grind of black pepper
  • 1 tsp Salt (I used smoked, but standard salt is fine)
  • 1 tbsp Light olive oil or vegetable oil
  • Knob of butter
  • Splash of balsamic or sherry vinegar
  • Squeeze of honey
For the pasta & sauce
  • 400 ml Creme fraiche
  • 200 ml Chicken stock
  • 300 g Mushrooms - diced (chestnut or just the white ones)
  • 1 White onion - diced
  • 2 Cloves of garlic - finely sliced
  • 2 Heaped teaspoon Dried Italian herbs
  • 1 tsp English mustard powder
  • Pinch of nutmeg
  • 300 g Short pasta - I used all the leftover short pasta I have in the cupboard
  • 30 g Your favourite cheese
Turkey Meatball Pasta Bake

Turkey Meatball Pasta Bake

using pasta odds and ends

1) Start with your meatballs as they will need to chill in the fridge for 30 mins

2) Add the diced onion and chopped rosemary to a pan with the oil and butter - sauté that for about 3-4 mins on a low heat

3) Throw in the diced chilli (if using) and the garlic and sauté for a further 5 mins keeping the heat low

4) Raise the heat a tad and add in the splash of balsamic vinegar and let it bubble away for 30 secs

5) Add the honey and lower the heat right down - let it cook for a further 30 secs keeping an eye on it then take off the heat, set aside to cool

6) In a clean bowl add the turkey mince, thyme, salt, pepper and fork together until thoroughly mix

7) Now add your cooled down onion mix along with the breadcrumbs and give it a further mix - shape in to ping pong size balls and pop in the fridge for 30 mins to firm up

8) After 30 mins remove from the fridge and set aside

9) Pop on a saucepan of salted water, bring to the boil and add your pasta

10) In new pan on the heat with some oil, fry off the meatballs on a high heat to seal them then remove from the pan and set aside

11) In the same pan deglaze with some white wine vinegar and add some more oil

12) Wack in your diced onion and cook for about 5 mins on a medium heat, making sure they don't burn

13) Now add in your garlic and cook for a further 2 mins

14) Time for the chopped mushrooms and Italian herbs and cook until the mushrooms have halved in size - if the mix gets too dry pop some of the chicken stock to loosen it

15) Lower the heat and add your chicken stock - simmer that gently until the sauce has reduced by at least half

16) Take off the heat and swirl in the creme fraiche along with the nutmeg and mustard powder then add back in the meatballs

17) In an oven proof dish mix together the sauce with the cooked pasta, sprinkle with your fav cheese then transfer to a 180C and bake for 20 mins or until the sauce starts bubbling

18) Once cooked, leave to stand for about 10 mins before eating! Then dive in!

Turkey Meatball Pasta Bake

Turkey Meatball Pasta Bake

using pasta odds and ends

PREP 20 minutes
TOTAL 1 hour 20 minutes
favorite
print
rate
Serves
US | METRIC

INGREDIENTS

For the meatballs
  • 500 g Turkey mince - preferably the higher fat content type
  • 2 Banana shallots - finely diced
  • 1 Fat clove of garlic - finely diced
  • ½ Red chilli - finely diced (optional)
  • 2 tbsps Fresh thyme leaves (or 2 & 1/2 tsp of dried)
  • 1 tbsp Fresh rosemary - chopped fine (or 2 tsp of dried)
  • 1 tbsp Breadcrumbs
  • A good grind of black pepper
  • 1 tsp Salt (I used smoked, but standard salt is fine)
  • 1 tbsp Light olive oil or vegetable oil
  • Knob of butter
  • Splash of balsamic or sherry vinegar
  • Squeeze of honey
For the pasta & sauce
  • 400 ml Creme fraiche
  • 200 ml Chicken stock
  • 300 g Mushrooms - diced (chestnut or just the white ones)
  • 1 White onion - diced
  • 2 Cloves of garlic - finely sliced
  • 2 Heaped teaspoon Dried Italian herbs
  • 1 tsp English mustard powder
  • Pinch of nutmeg
  • 300 g Short pasta - I used all the leftover short pasta I have in the cupboard
  • 30 g Your favourite cheese

1) Start with your meatballs as they will need to chill in the fridge for 30 mins

2) Add the diced onion and chopped rosemary to a pan with the oil and butter - sauté that for about 3-4 mins on a low heat

3) Throw in the diced chilli (if using) and the garlic and sauté for a further 5 mins keeping the heat low

4) Raise the heat a tad and add in the splash of balsamic vinegar and let it bubble away for 30 secs

5) Add the honey and lower the heat right down - let it cook for a further 30 secs keeping an eye on it then take off the heat, set aside to cool

6) In a clean bowl add the turkey mince, thyme, salt, pepper and fork together until thoroughly mix

7) Now add your cooled down onion mix along with the breadcrumbs and give it a further mix - shape in to ping pong size balls and pop in the fridge for 30 mins to firm up

8) After 30 mins remove from the fridge and set aside

9) Pop on a saucepan of salted water, bring to the boil and add your pasta

10) In new pan on the heat with some oil, fry off the meatballs on a high heat to seal them then remove from the pan and set aside

11) In the same pan deglaze with some white wine vinegar and add some more oil

12) Wack in your diced onion and cook for about 5 mins on a medium heat, making sure they don't burn

13) Now add in your garlic and cook for a further 2 mins

14) Time for the chopped mushrooms and Italian herbs and cook until the mushrooms have halved in size - if the mix gets too dry pop some of the chicken stock to loosen it

15) Lower the heat and add your chicken stock - simmer that gently until the sauce has reduced by at least half

16) Take off the heat and swirl in the creme fraiche along with the nutmeg and mustard powder then add back in the meatballs

17) In an oven proof dish mix together the sauce with the cooked pasta, sprinkle with your fav cheese then transfer to a 180C and bake for 20 mins or until the sauce starts bubbling

18) Once cooked, leave to stand for about 10 mins before eating! Then dive in!