mini turkey meatball cheesy baked pasta
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Mini Turkey Meatball Easy Baked Pasta Recipe

Mini Turkey Meatball Cheesy Baked Pasta, an easy baked pasta, yummy and deliciously cheesy. The perfect Italian comfort dish.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 30 mins
Course: Pasta
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 550kcal
Author: Rosemary Molloy / An Italian in my Kitchen

Ingredients

  • FOR THE TURKEY MEATBALLS
  • 1 pound ground turkey 1/2 kilo
  • 2 slices bread (crusts removed I use thick sliced Italian crusty bread, so maybe 3 normal sliced)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 clove garlic chopped
  • 1 teaspoon oregano 1 gram
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley 1 gram
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt 4 grams
  • FOR THE SAUCE
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil 30 grams
  • 1 bottle tomato Puree 1 1/2 liters
  • 1 teaspoon oregano 1 gram
  • 1 teaspoon basil 1 gram
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt 2 1/2 grams
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 2 cups water 450 grams
  • TOPPING
  • 2 grams small fresh mozzarella balls (diced) 250 grams
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 4 cups cooked short pasta

Instructions

  • FOR THE MEATBALLS
  • In a small bowl soak bread in water for 2 or 3 minutes, then squeeze out moisture and crumble. In a medium bowl combine bread with remaining ingredients and mix well. Form into very small balls. In a medium frying pan add 2 tablespoons of olive oil and brown meatballs on all sides. Drain before adding to sauce.
  • FOR THE SAUCE
  • While meatballs are browning, in a medium pot add all ingredients for the sauce, stirring until well combined. Add browned meatballs. Over medium heat, heat to boiling, then lower heat to medium low and simmer for 20 minutes (covered), than raise heat to medium, (leave pot slightly uncovered 1/3 uncovered) and cook an additional 15-20 minutes, until sauce has thickened.
  • **In the last 15 minutes of cooking the sauce, pre-heat oven to 350° (180° celsius) and cook the pasta al dente (cook a couple of minutes less since the pasta will also bake in the oven).
  • In a medium - large baking dish add well-drained pasta and thickened sauce, mix well to combine. Top with diced mozzarella and then parmesan cheese. Bake for approximately 20 -25 minutes in a preheated 350° (180°) oven. Enjoy!

Nutrition

Calories: 550kcal