OK, so it was really supposed to be Pasta with Turkey Meatballs and Bocconcini, but have you ever heard of bocconcini? Because I haven’t, and I consider myself fairly knowledgeable about food. And neither Trader Joe’s nor Stop and Shop had heard of it either (nor apparently has Blogger, considering it keeps spell-checking it). So, I figured the next closest thing was mozzarella. And as far as I’m concerned, that worked out just fine. Better than fine actually. It was amazing.
I’ve never made meatballs before, so I wasn’t quite sure how difficult they would be. But these were so easy and quick. Just mix the ground turkey, breadcrumbs, parm, garlic, egg, parsley, salt, and pepper in a bowl and then form the mixture into little meatballs. I made mine a little bigger than the recipe said to, but they were still pretty small and cute.
Put the meatballs in a skillet with butter over medium-high heat and cook them until they’re golden brown all over. Then add 1 1/2 C water and continue simmering until they’re cooked all the way through and the liquid reduces to 1/2 C. Then you can add the tomatoes and cook for another minute. I forgot to cut my tomatoes in half (ooops), but I kind of liked them whole. When cooking, don’t let them get too soft…unless of course you like ultra squishy tomatoes.
While the meatballs are cooking, boil your pasta. The recipe called for orecchiette, which is one of my favorite pastas (what? Is it weird I had a favorite pasta shape?). But I went to 2 grocery stores and neither had it! So I settled for cappelletti because it looked pretty similar. Once the pasta is al dente, you can drain it, put it back in the pot and add the mozzarella…or um, the bocconcini if you know what that is and manage to find it (If so, fill me in).
Then add the meatballs and tomatoes and whatever else is left in the pan. Add some more parsley, parm, and butter, too, and mix it up.
I seriously think this may be one of my new favorite meals. It was super flavorful and made soo many leftovers (yay food for the rest of the week!). And I feel kind of proud of myself for making meatballs for the first time. I’m growing up!