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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.

50MIN

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Ingredients
US / METRIC
Servings:
4
Serves 4
For the Meatballs
1 lb
or Ground Chicken
1/2
Onion , diced
or 1/4 cup
2 cloves
Garlic , minced
1/2 Tbsp
Tomato Paste
1
1/2 cup
Breadcrumbs
1 Tbsp
Chopped  Fresh Parsley
or 1 tsp Dried Parsley
1 Tbsp
Chopped  Fresh Basil
or 2 tsp Dried Basil
1/2 tsp
For the Pasta
8 oz
Spaghetti
2 cups
up to 3 cups
1/2 cup
Ricotta Cheese
or more
1
Lemon , zested
to taste
for garnish
(optional)
to taste
for garnish
(optional)
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Nutrition Per Serving
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CALORIES
563
FAT
15.8 g
PROTEIN
37.3 g
CARBS
66.3 g

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.

Directions

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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 clove) and cook until translucent and tender, about 3-4 minutes.
Step 3
Add the Tomato Paste (1/2 tablespoon) and cook for an additional 2 minutes. Remove from the heat.
Step 4
Add Ground Turkey (1 pound), onion mixture, Egg (1), Breadcrumbs (1/2 cup), Grated Parmesan Cheese (1/4 cup), Fresh Parsley (1 tablespoon), Fresh Basil (1 tablespoon), Salt (1/2 teaspoon), and Ground Black Pepper (1/4 teaspoon) 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 6
While the meatballs are cooking, cook Spaghetti (8 ounce) 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 cup), 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.

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Nutrition Per Serving
Calories
563
% Daily Value*
Fat
15.8 g
20%
Saturated Fat
5.6 g
28%
Trans Fat
0.3 g
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Cholesterol
143.9 mg
48%
Carbohydrates
66.3 g
24%
Fiber
4.8 g
17%
Sugars
4.4 g
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Protein
37.3 g
75%
Sodium
671.1 mg
29%
Vitamin D
0.8 µg
4%
Calcium
176.6 mg
14%
Iron
4.3 mg
24%
Potassium
440.6 mg
9%
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