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One-Pot Penne With Turkey-Feta Meatballs

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8 ea garlic cloves, peeled, 3 left whole, 5 minced
1-1/2 lbs ground turkey (94% lean)
3/4 cup crumbled feta cheese (generous 4-oz), plus more for topping
1/2 cup crumbled saltine crackers (about 12 crackers)
1/2 tsp dried oregano
1-3/4 tsp salt, divided
1 ea large egg
1 tbsp tomato paste
1/4 cup olive oil
4 ea thin slices prosciutto (about 2-oz), minced
1 cup dry red wine
2 cans (28-oz each) crushed tomatoes
1 lb penne pasta


Heat a small skillet over medium-high heat.  Add 3 whole garlic cloves and toast until spotty brown, about 5 minutes.  Remove garlic from skillet, smash and mince.

Meanwhile, break up ground turkey into a medium bowl.  With a fork, mix in feta, cracker crumbs, oregano, and 3/4 teaspoon salt.  Mix egg, minced toasted garlic and tomato paste together; stir into turkey mixture with fork until thoroughly combined.  Using a 2-tablespoon measure, such as a coffee scoop, form mixture into about 36 cylindrical drum shapes.

Heat oil over low heat in a large heavy roasting pan set over two burners.  A few minutes before frying meatballs, increase heat to medium-high.  Add meatballs and cook, turning once, until browned on both sides, about 5 minutes total.  Transfer to plate.

Add remaining 5 minced garlic cloves, along with prosciutto, to roasting pan and cook, stirring, until garlic is golden.  Add wine and simmer to reduce by half, about a minute.  Add tomatoes and enough water to make a sauce-like consistency.  Bring to a simmer.  Add meatballs and cook, loosely covered with heavy-duty foil, to blend flavors, 10 to 15 minutes.  Still on medium-high heat, add 6 cups water and remaining teaspoon of salt and return to simmer.  Add penne, cover loosely with foil and cook, stirring gently and frequently, until pasta is tender, about 15 minutes.  remove foil and continue to simmer until sauce is thickened to your liking.  Serve, sprinkling each portion with feta cheese.

(6-8 servings)


10/12/2010 - Posted by | Turkey

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