Italian Chicken Meatballs in Sauce
with Buttery Penne
Our Italian baked chicken meatballs taste just like Nonna's, but only take a fraction of the time! The secret to these leaner meatballs is swapping ground beef for chicken and pairing them with a homemade tomato sauce that keeps the dish flavourful.
Produced in a facility that processes milk, sesame, eggs, fish, shellfish, crustaceans, mustard, tree nuts, peanuts, wheat, soybean and sulphites.
(Contains Barley, Milk, Wheat, Rye, Sesame, Soy, Oats)
Parmesan Cheese, shredded
Mozzarella Cheese, shredded
Crushed Tomatoes with Garlic and Onion
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Before starting, wash and dry all produce. Add 10 cups water and 2 tsp salt to a large pot (use same for 4 ppl). Cover and bring to a boil over high heat.Add penne to the boiling water. Cook uncovered, stirring occasionally, until tender, 10-12 min.Reserve 1/4 cup (1/2 cup) pasta water, then drain and return penne to the same pot, off heat.
Meanwhile, peel, then mince garlic.Add chicken, breadcrumbs, half the garlic and 1/4 tsp (1/2 tsp) salt to a large bowl. Season with pepper, then combine. Roll mixture into 8 equal-sized meatballs (16 meatballs for 4 ppl).
Heat a large non-stick pan over medium-high heat. When the pan is hot, add 1 tbsp (2 tbsp) oil, then meatballs. (NOTE: Don't overcrowd the pan; cook meatballs in 2 batches if needed, using 1 tbsp oil per batch.)Cook, turning occasionally, until golden-brown, 2-3 min. (TIP: Meatballs will finish cooking in step 4.)
Reduce heat to medium, then add remaining garlic and spinach. Cook, stirring often, until spinach wilts, 1-2 min.Add crushed tomatoes, 1/4 cup (1/2 cup) water and 1/2 tsp (1 tsp) sugar. Cook, stirring occasionally, until sauce comes to a gentle simmer and meatballs are cooked through, 5-6 min.**
Sprinkle mozzarella over top. Cover pan with a lid and cook until mozzarella melts, 2-3 min. Meanwhile, roughly chop parsley.
Add 1 tbsp (2 tbsp) butter and 2 tbsp (4 tbsp) reserved pasta water to the pot with penne. Divide penne between bowls.Spoon meatballs and sauce over penne. Sprinkle with parsley and Parmesan.