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Turkey Meatballs with Lemony Ricotta Pasta
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17 INGREDIENTS • 8 STEPS • 50MINS

Turkey Meatballs with Lemony Ricotta Pasta

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A lightened pasta dish with creamy ricotta, fresh spinach, lemon zest, and flavorful turkey meatballs.
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Vodka & Biscuits
I'm Lindsay and food that tastes like home ❤ I'm hoping to inspire you to call some friends and throw a dinner party.
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A lightened pasta dish with creamy ricotta, fresh spinach, lemon zest, and flavorful turkey meatballs.
50MINS
Total Time
$2.49
Cost Per Serving
Ingredients
Servings
4
US / Metric
For the Meatballs
Ground Turkey
1 lb
Ground Turkey
or Ground Chicken
Onion
1/2
Onion, diced
or 1/4 cup
Garlic
2 cloves
Garlic, minced
Tomato Paste
1/2 Tbsp
Tomato Paste
Egg
1
Breadcrumbs
1/2 cup
Breadcrumbs
Fresh Parsley
1 Tbsp
Chopped Fresh Parsley
or 1 tsp Dried Parsley
Fresh Basil
1 Tbsp
Chopped Fresh Basil
or 2 tsp Dried Basil
Salt
1/2 tsp
For the Pasta
Spaghetti
8 oz
Spaghetti
Fresh Spinach
2 cups
Fresh Spinach
up to 3 cups
Ricotta Cheese
1/2 cup
Ricotta Cheese
or more
Lemon
1
Lemon, zested
Grated Parmesan Cheese
to taste
Grated Parmesan Cheese
for garnish
optional
Fresh Basil
to taste
Fresh Basil
for garnish
optional
Nutrition Per Serving
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Calories
517
Fat
15.8 g
Protein
36.5 g
Carbs
55.9 g
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Author's Notes

If you prefer cooked spinach, use 1 cup of cooked spinach. I like the crunch of the fresh!

This is eaten best hot and made fresh. To reheat leftovers, do so on the stove with a little chicken stock and lemon juice, adding more ricotta once hot.
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step 1
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
step 2
Heat 2-counts olive oil in a small pan over medium-high heat. Add the Onion (1/2) and Garlic (2 cloves) and cook until translucent and tender, about 3-4 minutes.
step 3
Add the Tomato Paste (1/2 Tbsp) and cook for an additional 2 minutes. Remove from the heat.
step 4
Add Ground Turkey (1 lb), onion mixture, Egg (1), Breadcrumbs (1/2 cup), Grated Parmesan Cheese (1/4 cup), Fresh Parsley (1 Tbsp), Fresh Basil (1 Tbsp), Salt (1/2 tsp), and Ground Black Pepper (1/4 tsp) to a bowl. Mix until just ingredients are combined, do not overmix.
step 5
Line a baking sheet with foil (or not) and drizzle with 2-counts of olive oil. Scoop or roll 2-inch meatballs and lay snug on the sheet. Drizzle with one more count of oil on top of the meatballs and bake for 20 minutes until cooked through.
step 5 Line a baking sheet with foil (or not) and drizzle with 2-counts of olive oil. Scoop or roll 2-inch meatballs and lay snug on the sheet. Drizzle with one more count of oil on top of the meatballs and bake for 20 minutes until cooked through.
step 6
While the meatballs are cooking, cook Spaghetti (8 oz) according to package directions in salted water.
step 7
Reserve 1 cup of pasta water and discard the remaining water. Add the hot pasta to a large bowl. Add Fresh Spinach (2 cups), the zest of a Lemon (1), and Ricotta Cheese (1/2 cup). Add the pasta water, a 1/4 cup at a time, and mix. The spinach will slightly wilt and the ricotta will begin to create a creamy sauce. Add more water as needed. Add more ricotta to your liking.
step 7 Reserve 1 cup of pasta water and discard the remaining water. Add the hot pasta to a large bowl. Add Fresh Spinach (2 cups), the zest of a Lemon (1), and Ricotta Cheese (1/2 cup). Add the pasta water, a 1/4 cup at a time, and mix. The spinach will slightly wilt and the ricotta will begin to create a creamy sauce. Add more water as needed. Add more ricotta to your liking.
step 8
Plate the pasta with the meatballs, an extra dollop of ricotta if desired, Fresh Basil (to taste), Grated Parmesan Cheese (to taste), and a good grind of black pepper.
step 8 Plate the pasta with the meatballs, an extra dollop of ricotta if desired, Fresh Basil (to taste), Grated Parmesan Cheese (to taste), and a good grind of black pepper.
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Shellfish-Free
Dinner
Pasta
Italian
Vegetables
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