Pasta and Meatballs

IMG_20130920_202850_612Pasta and Turkey Meatballs

 Prep time=15 minutes                         Cook time=40-45 minutes

 

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Sauce:

 About 3 lbs. of peeled roma tomatoes

½ small onion

1 cup zucchini, chopped

¾ tbl. dried Italian seasoning

½ tbl. dried basil

Salt to taste

1 tbl. olive oil

For the Meatballs:IMG_20130920_175721_132

1 lb. ground turkey

½ small onion, chopped

¼ tea. garlic powder

Pinch of salt

½ tbl. Italian seasoningIMG_20130920_175434_362

Fresh ground black pepper

IMG_20130920_183134_8761 lb. your favorite pasta

  • IMG_20130920_200420_475Heat olive oil in saucepan over medium heat.  Add onions and zucchini, sauté until softened. 5-10 minutes. Add garlic, cook for 2 minutes more.  Add tomatoes, salt, ½ basil, and ½ Italian seasoning.  Cook for 20-30 minutes.
  • Heat a pot of water to boil for the pasta
  • While sauce is cooking, mix together all meatball ingredients.  Using your hands, form meat mixture into balls, slightly smaller than a golf ball.  Cook in 1 tbl. olive oil over medium heat until browned.  About 20 minutes.

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  • Using an emersion blender, puree the sauce.  Add the remainder of  basil and Italian seasoning.  I like to add the meatballs to the sauce toward the end of cooking. After adding the meatballs to the sauce, boil pasta according to package directions.

IMG_20130920_202911_670Serve with crusty bread and a salad.                                      Serves 4-6

 

Bob Eklund has been cooking since he was a little boy. His Grandma Bernie taught him to cook. The kitchen brings many fond memories, and Bob believes it to be the heart of the home. Bob is husband to Trish, and Step-father to her two daughters. Follow Bob on Twitter: @reklund413.

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