Penne With Turkey Meatballs

“Recipe courtesy of Giada De Laurentis show.”
2hrs 30mins

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a large bowl add bread crumbs, milk and mix until well combined.
  2. Mix in eggs and 1/2 cup Romano cheese and mix well.
  3. Add turkey and gently combine, being careful not to overwork the meat.
  4. Season with salt and pepper.
  5. Shape into golf-size balls.
  6. In a large skillet heat the oil over medium heat.
  7. When almost smoking, add meatballs and without moving or turning the meat allow it to brown for about 3 minutes.
  8. Turn meatballs and brown other side.
  9. Continue to cook until all sides are golden brown.
  10. Add tomato sauce and bring to a boil.
  11. Lower heat and allow meatballs to simmer for 5 minutes.
  12. Turn off heat and keep warm on stove, be careful not to overhandle the meatballs since they are soft and fragile.
  13. In a large pot, bring 6 quarts of salted water to boil.
  14. Add pasta and cook until al dente, about 8 minutes.
  15. Drain pasta, do not rinse pasta with water.
  16. Remove meatballs from sauce and place in serving bowl.
  17. Pour some tomato sauce over meatballs, leaving 1 cup sauce in skillet.
  18. Place the cooked penne into the skillet with the remaining sauce and toss well.
  19. Pour pasta into a large serving bowl and serve alongside of meatballs.

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