A few weeks ago I made these delicious little balls of meat out of turkey mince. This time I chose pork. Next time I may even choose chicken because I like to live on the edge like that. Oooh can you smell the danger and mystery in the air??
This recipe comes from my Heart Foundation BBQ & Grill Cookbook. Weighing in at just over 450 cals, I always ensure to keep the rest of the days meals light when I’m having something heavier than usual for dinner like pasta.
So here’s the recipe! Do try it as it’s so quick and easy to make and really delicious!
[insert meat here] and Ricotta Meatballs with Pasta
750g mince of your choice
1/2 cup low-fat ricotta
1 x egg
1 1/4 cups of dried breadcrumbs
1/4 cup of chopped fresh basil, plus extra leaves to serve
Cooking oil spray
Jar of reduced salt pasta sauce or passata
Pasta of your choice (I use angel hair)
Combine mince, ricotta, egg, breadcrumbs and basil in a bowl and season with plenty of freshly ground black pepper. Shape into small meatballs.
Spray the cooking pan with cooking oil spray and heat pan over moderate heat. In batches, brown meatballs. Once all meatballs are browned add jar of pasta sauce and half a jar of water (you could also brown some diced onion and garlic before you cook the meatballs and add to the sauce). Bring to a simmer and cook until meatballs are cooked through (about 10 – 15 minutes).
Meanwhile, cook pasta until al dente. Place pasta in dishes, top with meatballs in sauce and serve with extra basil leaves and Parmesan if you feel fancy!