Meatballs and Pasta, a Family Friendly Recipe

Yesterday I had come home from the office. A tired look stretched upon my face and all I wanted was to sit on my bed, switch on the tv, and watch the shows that I had neglected to update myself on this past week. I had promised the boyfriend a delicious meal, and though I felt tired and lazy I just knew that a promise is a promise and I must deliver.

Don’t get me wrong the boyfriend is always up for helping, he can cook a mean pasta in creamy mushroom sauce and grill us steaks that leave you feeling full and happy, but this morning he had gotten up before the crack of dawn and was working way past the 8 hour norm that we office people are aware of. This time it was my turn to leave us feeling full and happy. I wanted to make meatballs, originally with tomato sauce and on a bed of quinoa with a side of caramelized onions and pan seared peppers, but the tomato sauce jar just wouldn’t give and I didn’t have the right ingredients to construct the recipe from scratch. The recipe below is super easy to make, it’s also a great way to get kids involved in the kitchen and great for one of those lazy days, plus you can make the meatballs ahead of time and stock them in the fridge, which will speed this whole process right along.

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MEATBALLS AND PASTA WITH A SPICY MANGO SAUCE

Ingredients:

1 lbs of ground chicken meat

1/2 cup of bread crumbs

2 TBS of garlic powder

1 TBS of cajun sauce

salt and pepper

1 TBS of dried oregano

1 egg

A jar of your favorite sauce ( I used Fairway’s Tangy Spicy Mango Sauce)

Pasta of your choice (we had elbow pasta leftover from the nigh before) you can use rice pasta or whole wheat to make this recipe healthier.

Instructions:

In a large bowl combine the chicken, bread crumbs, garlic, cajun, salt, pepper, oregano, and egg. With a spoon or by hand mix the content well.

Heat up a large skillet with 2 TBS olive oil and wait until the pan heats up. Start by taking small chunks of the meat and rolling them into small balls. Place the meatballs on the pan and let them fry for about 4-5 minutes then stir them around making sure the oil is spreading evenly on the pan, again let them cook for another 4-5 minutes. Continue to cook until all the sides have browned and the meatballs look done enough to eat.

Place the ready meatballs on a side place, once all the meatballs are done pour the sauce of your choice on the skillet. Add the meatballs and let them cook for another 4-5 minutes on a medium-low heat. Then add the pasta and let the pasta heat up for about 6 minutes. After the pasta is hot and the sauce has blended well with the entre it is ready to serve.

 

 

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