Chicken meatballs with rocket and fettucine

Chicken meatballs with rocket and fettucine

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Recipes for a Great Life
Serves
2
Photographer
Greg Elms

I think that the slightly peppery flavour of rocket works really well with this pasta and meatball dish. Try to cook this dish the day you buy the chicken mince.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
1/4 small onion, very finely chopped
300g lean minced chicken
2 tablespoons breadcrumbs
1 tablespoon toasted pine nuts
2 tablespoons basil leaves, chopped
1 tablespoon orange zest, finely grated
1 tablespoon cold water
plain flour
1 tablespoon olive oil
100g small button mushrooms
1 cup italian-style tomato sauce
salt
freshly ground black pepper
150g fresh fettucine
1 cup rocket

Method

  1. To make the meatballs, place the onion, chicken mince, breadcrumbs, pine nuts, basil, zest and water in a large mixing bowl and use your hands to mix everything together well. Divide into walnut-sized portions and shape into balls. Coat lightly with flour.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a non-stick frying pan and brown the meatballs in batches over a medium heat for 5–6 minutes. As they cook, remove the meatballs from the pan and set aside. Add the mushrooms to the pan and cook for 3 minutes. Add the tomato sauce and simmer for 3 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper, then return the meatballs to the pan and warm through.
  3. Meanwhile, cook the pasta in a large saucepan of boiling salted water until al dente.
  4. Drain the pasta and divide between 2 plates or shallow bowls. Top with a handful of rocket then spoon on the meatballs and sauce. Serve straight away.
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