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Italian Turkey Meatballs + Pasta

I’m on a constant and what seems like a never-ending search to find the perfect meatball recipe. I don’t know what it is, but this challenge is one I don’t take lightly. Blame it on Oregano’s meatballs. I’ve come up with short-cut recipes, no-egg recipes, 100-ingredient recipes (almost an exaggeration) but, I’m still searching.

I had a ½ lb. of ground turkey left over from some turkey chili I made last week that needed to be used up. It was time to give the search another shot. I ran across Chef Huda’s Italian Turkey Meatball recipe. The ingredients were simple and so I gave it a swing using what I had available.


my makeshift breadcrumbs thanks to my Ninja food processor!

The recipe calls for breadcrumbs which isn’t something I always have on hand. I used my Ninja food processor (I link to a model similar to the one I own) and the ends of a loaf of wheat bread and pulsed them a few times until they looked like soft bread crumbs. Works for me!

The meatballs turned out tender, well seasoned and were perfect with marinara and pasta.

Next time I’ll make sure to dice my onion smaller and sauté with the garlic before adding to the rest of the mixture.
Makes about a dozen meatballs

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No Easy Buckets


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It’s easier than ever to make something quickly and inexpensively from a box or mix. I don’t care what anyone tells you, they are no competition for my family recipes I’ve collected over the years. I’d rather torture myself and make everything from scratch. I’m a control freak with a lot of things, so there’s something about being able to choose what goes into whatever I’m baking that I love.

“No easy buckets!” is a phrase the boyfriend and I often yell out when we’re watching our beloved Denver Nuggets play basketball. It’s fitting for my baking habits, too.

When I read this paragraph from Rina Rapuano’s article “No Ordinary Bake Sale: Simply Made From Scratch” it reminded me of myself.

“Unfortunately for me, like the famous Ms. Stewart, I rarely take the easy way out. I have been known to torture myself with mile-long to-do lists, and short cuts just aren’t my style. Because of this persistent (some might call it annoying) personality trait, I mainly gravitate toward recipes that rely on pantry and refrigerator staples. Buttermilk biscuits? Forget it. I’ll scour my cookbooks or do an online search until I find a recipe that uses regular milk — and I’ll stick with that recipe loyally.”

Check out the rest of the article here.

(article from NPR’s series Kitchen Window)

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