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Penne with Mini Turkey Meatballs

Penne pasta tossed with a homemade marinara sauce made from fresh Roma tomatoes and mini meatballs made with ground turkey, herbs, and spices.
Penne with Mini Turkey Meatballs

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Servings: 4
Total Time: 1 hour
Recipe by: Frankie

Ingredients

THE MEATBALLS:
1 pound ground turkey
1 tsp red wine vinegar
1 large egg, lightly beaten
2 tsp dried parsley
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp dried oregano
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
THE SAUCE:
1 pound fresh Roma tomatoes
1/4 cup olive oil
2 garlic cloves, peeled
1 medium yellow onion, roughly chopped
2 TBSP freshly chopped basil leaves
1/2 tsp salt
THE PASTA:
1 pound uncooked penne pasta
freshly grated Parmesan for serving

Directions

THE MEATBALLS:

1. Preheat the oven to 425°F.

2. In a large mixing bowl thoroughly mix together all the meatball ingredients. Form the mixture into meatballs about 1-inch in diameter (you should end up with about 25 meatballs). Place meatballs on a lightly oiled rimmed baking sheet and bake in the preheated oven for 12 minutes.


THE SAUCE:

1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil over medium-high heat. Rinse the tomatoes and remove any stems. Place the tomatoes in the boiling water and cook for 10 minutes.

2. Using a slotted spoon transfer the tomatoes from the boiling water (keep the water on the stove boiling for the pasta) to an ice bath and let sit for 5 minutes. Take the tomatoes out of the ice bath and gently remove and discard the skins. Roughly chop the tomatoes and set aside.

3. Add the tomatoes, garlic cloves, and onion to a blender or food processor and pulse until smooth. Heat the oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Add the tomato mixture to the pan and cook, stirring occasionally, for about 5 minutes. Stir in the basil and salt then reduce heat to medium-low and stir in the meatballs. Partially cover the pan and simmer, gently stirring occasionally, while you cook your pasta.


THE PASTA AND FINISHING UP:

1. Add the pasta to the boiling water and cook your pasta just shy of al dente (firm to the bite). Drain pasta and transfer to a large serving bowl.

2. Pour the sauce and meatballs over the pasta and gently toss to combine. Serve pasta with freshly grated Parmesan.




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