Pasta with Turkey Meatballs and Roasted Vegetables Recipe


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Coco Morante

This pasta dinner comes collectively quick!

Meatballs and greens roast collectively within the oven whereas pasta boils on the range, then all the pieces will get tossed with some olive oil, lemon juice, and a handful of parsley.

Pasta with Turkey Meatballs and VegetablesThe recipe may be very adaptable. You can actually use any type of floor meat, and any of your favourite greens which were lower into bite-sized items.

Today, I went with floor turkey for the meatballs, and zucchini, bell peppers, and onions for the greens. It’s a sort-of-Mediterranean combine that works properly. I’ve additionally made this dish with only a head of cauliflower on nights once I can solely be bothered to cut up one factor!

The most time-consuming a part of the recipe is rolling out the little meatballs — each is about an inch in diameter, and the recipe makes about 4 dozen of them.

This is time properly spent, although! These bite-sized meatballs match proper in with the pasta and greens, so no knife is required on the desk. Kids love them, too.

Pasta with Turkey Meatballs and VegetablesYou may also prep the meatballs upfront and freeze them for later, in the event you like. Just put them on a sheet pan lined with plastic wrap, then freeze them till they’re agency, about two hours. After that, you possibly can switch them to a freezer-safe plastic bag and retailer them for about two months. Let them thaw in a single day within the fridge earlier than cooking.

Serve this pasta dinner with a giant inexperienced salad or by itself. The leftovers make an awesome packed lunch!

Pasta with Turkey Meatballs and Roasted Vegetables Recipe



For the greens:

  • three medium (about three/four pound) zucchini, lower into half moons
  • 2 massive (about three/four pound) pink bell peppers, sliced into 1-inch strips
  • 1 medium yellow onion, sliced into half moons
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • half of teaspoon salt

For the meatballs:

  • 1 pound floor turkey
  • 1 massive egg
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • half of cup plain bread crumbs
  • 1 teaspoon Italian Seasoning (or 1/four teaspoon every dried oregano, basil, marjoram, and rosemary)
  • half of teaspoon salt
  • 1/four teaspoon floor black pepper

For the pasta:

  • 1 pound any small formed pasta, like orecchiette, bowties, or rotini
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons recent lemon juice
  • 1/four cup chopped recent parsley


1 Preheat the oven to 425ºF. Line two baking sheets with aluminum foil or silicone baking mats.

2 Begin roasting the greens: Toss the greens with the olive oil and salt. Spread them out on one of many baking sheets in a single, even layer. Roast the greens for 30 minutes.

Pasta with Turkey Meatballs and Vegetables

three Prepare and start roasting the meatballs. In a medium mixing bowl, mix the bottom turkey, egg, mayonnaise, bread crumbs, and seasonings. Roll into 1-inch meatballs and place on the second baking sheet, about 1/2-inch aside.

Roast the meatballs for 20 minutes within the oven alongside the greens.

Pasta with Turkey Meatballs and VegetablesPasta with Turkey Meatballs and Vegetables

four Boil the pasta: Once each the greens and meatballs are within the oven, put a big pot of water on the range to boil. Salt the pasta water to style (I exploit about three tablespoons for a giant pot) and boil the pasta. Cook the pasta in line with the directions on the bundle and drain.

Pasta with Turkey Meatballs and Vegetables

5 Toss all the pieces collectively and serve. In the pasta pot, stir collectively the roasted greens, meatballs, and pasta with the olive oil, lemon juice, and parsley. Serve scorching.

Pasta with Turkey Meatballs and Vegetables

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Coco Morante

A self-taught cook dinner and classically-trained soprano, Coco Morante writes and sings within the San Francisco Bay Area, the place she lives along with her husband and their beagle. For extra recipes, go to her weblog, Lefty Spoon.

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