Turkey meatballs with roasted tomato and pepper sauce

Turkey meatballs are so easy too make and lighter than beef or pork. These freeze well so you can make a couple batches if you want and freeze them for another time. 

 

Ingredients

  • 500g lean turkey mince
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 30g of fresh basil leaves, finely chopped
  • Zest of one lemon
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • Olive oil for cooking
  • Salt and pepper to taste 

ROASTED PEPPER AND TOMATO SAUCE

Ingredients

  • 300g cherry tomatoes
  • 30 g fresh basil leaves
  • 1 red onion, peeled and cut into 1/4
  • 2 red peppers, stemmed, de seeded and sliced in half 
  • 3 cloves of garlic, left whole
  • Olive oil (good gulg)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 red chilli or 1 teaspoon of chilli flakes
  • 1 courgette, spiralised (optional)
  • Linguine for 4

Directions

  1. Grab a large bowl and using your hands, combine the ingredients for the meatballs. Grab a baking tray and roll balls about the size of ping pong balls and place on the baking tray. 
  2. Turn the oven to 180 and heat 2 large baking trays. Roast all the ingredients for the sauce for 20 minutes in one of the trays.
  3. Meanwhile cook the meatballs. Heat a couple tablespoons of olive oil in a large frying pan. Cook the meatballs for about 10 minutes, turning every now and again. You’re just browning them at this stage. When the balls are all brown remove from the pan and place on one of the pre heated trays. Cook for 10 minutes.  And cook the pasta in the meantime.
  4. Remove the sauce ingredients from the oven and tip into a pan, add a little water and then blend with a handheld blender or tip into a blender and blend away! Then pour this over the tray that the meatballs are in and returning to the oven for the last few minutes.
  5. Drain your pasta and combine with the courgette noodles if using then remove the meat balls in the sauce from the oven. Dived the pasta into 4 bowls and top with the balls & sauce. Season to taste and top with Parmesan if you fancy 

 

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