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Monday, February 15, 2010

Taste Buds: Roly Poly Pasta

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Saying I am obsessed with spaghetti is the understatement of the world. It is one of those meals that I could eat every single day of the year and STILL love. In fact, working at the Olive Garden through college, I did eat pasta almost every single day; ahhh the ecstasy of that part of my heavenly life.

Anyways since Mr. Rogue and I cleaned out our house of junk and cleaned up our diets to lose weight, pasta has taken a back seat as the meal of choice. It’s not that my love for pasta has waned, no in fact abstinence from it I have found hath only made my love stronger. Because today, glorious day that it is I decided to create a healthier pasta meal. One filled with wonderfully healthy ingredients and just a little bit of my heavenly pasta. What I ended up with is going to be an all-time favourite in this house.

Instead of frying the turkey meatballs in this recipe I opted, on a suggestion from my mother, to bake these mini meatballs.

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Not only are they MUCH healthier than frying them in a bunch of oil I love the taste of them better. Instead of overpowering these meatballs are complex in their simple flavours and OH SO JUICY. Be careful to watch them and not overcook them.

   RECIPE: ROLY POLY PASTA
INGREDIENTS
8 oz NOODLES
8 oz lean ground turkey meat
¼ onion
1 tablespoon wheat flour
2 garlic cloves
1 egg white
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
½ cup parsley
Salt and pepper to taste
1 pint grape tomatoes
1 head broccoli
1 tablespoon light butter
1 tablespoon grated parmesan cheese
10 mini mozzarella balls

DIRECTIONS
1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
2. Set a large pot to boil and cook your noodles how you like.
3. In a large bowl combine turkey with finely minced onion, wheat flour, minced garlic cloves, egg white, mustard, ¼ cup of chopped parsley. Salt and pepper to taste. On a parchment lined baking sheet bake your mini meatballs in oven for 25-30 minutes until done all the way through. To get them lightly browned turn the oven to broil and turning often brown the outsides.
4. While the meatballs are cooking, in a bit of water cook halved tomatoes and chopped broccolini until soft.
5. Drain your noodles and return them to their pot, add meatballs, broccolini, tomatoes, chopped parsley, parmesan, butter, halved mozzarella balls, balsamic vinaigrette and oil. Toss and warm until everything is heated through. Serve immediately.

2 comments:

paul peggy zeus said...

OOHH Pasta - what a healthy, happy dish this is!

lilmansworld said...

ive got another great healthy recipe for you. ill email it. the simplest too!

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