July 19, 2012

Pasta with Mini Spicy Turkey Meatballs

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Now this is a meal that Nonna would approve of. I mean, not that I have a Nonna or anything.  I’m not even Italian.

But if I did?  She would totally approve.  Because this delicious meal is comfort food to the max.   Plus it’s easy.  And it uses delicious, authentic Arrabbiata tomato sauce made with real cherry tomatoes, hot peppers, and olive oil.

Just like the old country!

Except, uh, no squishing tomatoes or stepping on olives with your bare feet, please.  Let’s leave the sauce making to the experts.  Just run to your local ShopRite for a jar of this delicious ShopRite Imported Arrabbiata Pasta Sauce, and you’ll be all set to make your very own Nonna-approved meal.

So, what are you waiting for?  Mangia!

Pasta with Mini Spicy Turkey Meatballs


16 ounces (1 package) ShopRite Organic pasta of your choice
1 jar ShopRite Imported Arrabbiata Pasta Sauce
1 lb ground turkey breast
2 onions, finely grated
3  garlic cloves, finely minced
2  egg whites
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon red pepper
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon dried parsley
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon dried basil
1/4 cup Italian seasoned bread crumbs


1.  To cook pasta, bring 4 quarts of water to boil.  Add pasta and return to boil.  Stir pasta frequently.  Cook until “al dente” 10-12 minutes.  Remove from heat and drain carefully.

2.  Meanwhile, in a large mixing bowl, mix ground turkey, onion, garlic, egg whites, black pepper, salt, red pepper, cumin, parsley, oregano, basil, and bread crumbs until just combined.  Do not over-mix.

3.  In a medium sized saucepan, heat the sauce over medium heat.  Being careful not to over handle the meat (this keeps the juices intact), shape meat into small balls (about 1.5 inches in diameter) and carefully drop into the sauce one at a time.  Cover and continue to cook over medium heat until meatballs are cooked through, about 15 minutes.

4.  Portion pasta into individual bowls, and top with meatballs and sauce.