Baked Rigatoni with Poultry or Beef Meatballs Recipe

Serves/Makes: 6 servings

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 cups cleaned freshy sliced mushrooms
  • 1 green pepper, membranes removed and seeded, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons basil
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 (28-ounce / 796-mL) can stewed tomatoes
  • 1 (5 1/2-ounce / 156-mL) can tomato paste
  • 3 1/2 cups rigatoni pasta noodles
  • 1 1/2 cups grated Mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

   Meatball Mixture

  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup dry bread crumbs
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 pound ground turkey (chicken or beef)

How to cook Baked Rigatoni with Poultry or Beef Meatballs:

  • For the meatballs, into a medium bowl, slightly beat egg before mixing in chopped onion, dry bread crumbs, minced garlic, grated Parmesan cheese, oregano, salt and pepper until combined.
  • Mix in ground turkey (chicken or beef).
  • Shape mixture into small meatballs using a heaping tablespoon mixture for each meatball.
  • Set aside.
  • Heat olive oil into a large skillet.
  • A few at a time, brown meatballs on all side; remove from skillet.
  • Drain excess fat from skillet before adding chopped onion, minced garlic, mushroom slices, chopped green bell pepper, basil, oregano, salt and pepper.
  • Stir in water.
  • Cook over medium heat for approximately 10 minutes, until vegetables are softened.
  • Stir in stewed tomatoes with juice, tomato paste and reserved browned meatballs.
  • Leave to simmer for 30 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, boil rigatoni pasta noodles pasta noodles until “al dente”, soft yet still a little crunchy.
  • Preheat oven to 400°F (200°C).
  • Drain pasta noodles.
  • Add drained pasta noodles to meatball mixture stirring until combined.
  • Pour into a 2 1/2-quart (10-cup) casserole dish.
  • Sprinkle mixtrue all over with grated Mozzarella cheese, then with grated Parmesan cheese.
  • Bake into preheated oven for 20 minutes before serving.

This recipe for Baked Rigatoni with Poultry or Beef Meatballs serves/makes: 6 servings


Sarah Harris
 

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