Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Penne Ragu with Turkey Meatballs

While trying to watch what your eating you want to chose meats on the lighter calorie side, however, this tends to come with less flavor- not as juicy as the fats from hamburger may have, But! no fear, these turkey meatballs will definitely satisfy.

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What you will need:
1 pkg of ground turkey
1/2 pkg of onion soup mix
2 tbsp. of bread crumbs
1 tsp. of oregano
1 tsp. of Italian seasoning
4 leaves of fresh basil chopped finely
2 minced cloves of garlic

What you will need:
1 can of diced tomatoes with herbs
1 jar of Ragu or 1 can of crush tomato
1 onion diced
2 cloves garlic minced
1 tsp. of Italian seasoning
1 tsp. of oregano
1 tsp. of basil
1 tsp. red chili flakes
2 bay leaves
salt and pepper to taste
1 tsp. of butter

Heat 2 tbsp. of olive oil in a large sauce pan on medium heat. In a bowl mix together all ingredients for your turkey meatballs. Form your turkey into about 2inch balls and put in the pan. Brown the sides of your meatballs cooking about 1/2 to 3/4 of the way through, DO NOT cook all the way through. When your meatballs are halfway cooked add in the onion and garlic and sauté for  about 1 minute. Then add in the ingredients for your Ragu- except for the butter, going in order of the list. Simmer for about an hour with the lid on the pan. Stir occasionally.

After an hour put on a pot of water for your penne. While you waiting for the pasta to cook, take out the bay leaves and stir in 1 tsp of butter- this helps to make the sauce stick to the noodles and it makes your sauce pretty :) If you find your sauce is really thick you can take a scoop full of the pasta water to mix into your sauce, if your sauce is perfect don't worry about it! :D

Top with parmesan and enjoy!


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