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Thursday, May 26, 2016

Pasta With Chicken Meat Balls In Napoli Sauce ( An adapted Curtis Stone recipe)


My boys love pasta ,  so its a regular at the dinner table at my home.  I saw this simple recipe by Curtis stone , where he served pasta with   chicken meatballs in Napoli sauce. He served it with fettucine pasta but I used spagetti instead.

As for the meat balls I  ground or rather chopped up a piece of boneless chicken piece and replaced the breadcrumbs with oatmeal. Or use half a 500g packet of ground chicken(Ayamas Brand found in some of the shops locally).


Recipe : Pasta with Chicken meatballs in Napoli sauce, a slightly modified version from Curtis Stone's Fettucine with Chicken Meatballs in Napoli sauce. check the video here

About 300g of spagetti cooked till al dente' in large pot of boiling salted water.
Grated Parmesan cheese (if available)

Sauce :
1 small onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic chopped
1/2 tsp dried thyme
1 (400g) can of chopped or whole tomatoes (broken up)
salt
ground black pepper ( about 1/2 tsp )
( for maldivians who love their chilli add  1/4  piece of  scotch bonnet , finely chopped after adding the tomatoes)
1 tsp of sugar
1/4 can of water

Meatballs :
350g boneless, skinless chicken breast
1/4 Quaker instant oatmeal
1 egg white
1/4 tsp  ground black pepper
1/2 tsp mustard ( I used American brand)
salt
1 tsp finely chopped fresh parsley (optional)
1 clove garlic, minced

First prepare the sauce,  heat some olive oil in a large   deep frying pan  or pan, add the onions and garlic and let it soften. Add the thyme , tomatoes  and the chilli if using.I like to add a little water (1/4 of the can) swirl it around and pour the contents into the pan.  Add the sugar and pinch of salt and let it simmer covered for a a few minutes till nice and thick sauce. Taste and adjust seasoning.

While the sauce is cooking prepare the meat balls. I used  boneless chicken which you can chop in a food processor or chop by hand or you can use half of a 500g pack of Ayamas minced chicken.( or you can use the whole 500 and double the spices , make the meat balls,and  after browning all of them  freeze the remaining,  and use the other half for this recipe)

Place this in a glass bowl and add oatmeal,  egg white ,  and the rest of the meatball ingrediants.  Mix well. About 1/2 tsp of fine salt would be ok, but the best way to check the salt  is to heat a frying pan add a tiny piece of mince and cook it , then taste it.
Shape into small balls. Unlike Curtis , I made mine slightly smaller not giant size.

Heat the frying pan with a little olive oil and  brown the meat balls then drop them into the simmering tomato sauce. Cover and cook  for about 5-8 minutes till the meatballs  are cooked  through.

Cook the spagetti according to packet instructions .

Remove the meat balls , and add the cooked spagetti and toss through the sauce.  Pile into plate or on to a large serving platter , arrange the meatballs on top,  add some grated parmesan ( if you have ) on top and serve.

Serving this up at this month's Potluck at the IHCC. come and check out or join us...

By the way do you watch Jimmy Falon? I normally don't but last night I happened to switch on just when Blake Shelton was trying his first sushi and it was pretty hilarious,, and his happy face when he sees the big mac LOL!!  Check it out here .

19 comments:

  1. I am totally drooling at that meal... Delicious...

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  2. Hello! But what good this pasta with chicken meatballs ! Really delicious ! Bacione Mirta

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  3. Looks delicious and comforting! My husband loves pasta too.

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  4. I just found a bag of thyme in the fridge, this sauce would be a good one to use them up. Served that with meatball and pasta, a sure winner!

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  5. I have never made chicken meatballs but you have inspired me to try them. What a great looking dish this is. Pasta is a regular at our house, love it!

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  6. My kids love pasta too, and with meatballs, they will be all smiles! Looks delicious!

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  7. Just pass me that plate,looks absolute delicious :)

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  8. Hello dear I appointed you to the post for the Liebster Award , I would be happy partecipassi , kiss Mirta

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  9. I've never made chicken meatballs either, will have to give this a try, it looks so good.

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  10. My family loves pasta with meatballs too. This looks like a delicious variation with the chicken.

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  11. Sounds delicious! My kids love anything with spaghetti as well and I love the idea of making this with ground chicken.

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  12. Pasta and meatballs are always a hit with my kiddos too. This looks very tasty, and I like that it is a lighter version made with chicken.

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  13. Can't go wrong with spaghetti and meatballs. Looks delicious.

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  14. Wow Spaghetti and meat ball especially chicken ball my son gonna love it

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  15. Perfect family comfort food! No one can resist a good meatball with spaghetti! ;-)

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  16. Hi Nammi,

    I can imagine... Your boys must be very happy eating these :)

    Zoe

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  17. This is absolutely comfort food, my sons loved dishes like this when they were living with us.

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  18. this looks so good my kids love pasta too

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  19. You can never go wrong with sketti and meatballs. Looks tasty.

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