Mozzarella Stuffed Turkey Meatballs with Angel Hair

One of my husband’s all time favorite things to eat in the world is spaghetti bolognese, so when I found this lighter, girlier version of it, I knew he would be so happy! NOT. He actually hates spaghetti with a passion, which is why we probably don’t eat it every day like we used to when we were newly weds, {which is probably why he hates it so much in the first place!} But every now and then I just have to make it! Especially when the meatballs have melted mozzarella cheese inside! My kids loved this meal as much as I did, so I am going to have to make it again soon for sure (sorry Dean!) :-(

Ingredients: recipe adapted from tasteforadventure.tablespoon.com
1 cup panko
1/2 cup parmesan cheese
1 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
1 egg
1 lb ground turkey
1/2 cup diced red bell pepper
1/2 cup diced white onion
2 cloves minced garlic
1 Tbsp dried oregano
6 fresh torn basil leaves
1 pinch salt and pepper
16 small mozzarella cubes
2 cups marinara sauce

Preheat oven to 400degF.
In a small bowl, combine the panko, half of the Parmesan cheese, and the olive oil. Using your fingers, combine the mixture until it’s evenly coated. Set aside.

In a large bowl, lightly beat the egg. Then add the turkey, red bell pepper, onion, garlic, oregano, the remaining Parmesan, basil, and a pinch of salt and pepper. Mix well with your hands.

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Lightly coat a mini muffin tin with cooking spray. Place a couple of tablespoons of the chicken mixture in each well. Nestle a cube of mozzarella in the center of the mixture. Pat the chicken over the cheese to completely cover it.

Sprinkle the panko/Parmesan mixture on top of each chicken mound, lightly pressing it into the meat.

Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until the panko is golden brown and the chicken is cooked through. If needed, you may broil the panko to further brown it.

Let rest 5 minutes. Then using a knife, lightly loosen each cupcake from the muffin tin.

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In the meantime, bring a pot of salted water to a boil, and add the angel hair. Cook for 5 minutes, or according to package directions. Warm the marinara sauce in a small saucepan.

Serve the turkey meatballs on top of the angel hair, with the warmed marinara and garnish with fresh basil.

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<3 Sarah