Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Orecchiette with Mini Chicken Meatballs

Cook Time: 10 min
Level: Intermediate
Yield: 4 to 6 servings (about 60 mini meatballs)


* 1 pound orecchiette pasta
* 1/4 cup plain bread crumbs
* 1/4 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
* 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
* 1 tablespoon whole milk
* 1 tablespoon ketchup
* 3/4 cup grated Romano
* 3/4 teaspoon salt
* 3/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
* 1 pound ground chicken
* 1/4 cup olive oil
* 1 1/2 cups low-sodium chicken stock, hot
* 4 cups cherry tomatoes, halved
* 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan
* 8 ounces bocconcini mozzarella, halved
* 1/2 cup chopped fresh basil leaves


Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the
pasta and cook until tender but still firm to the bite, stirring
occasionally, about 8 to 10 minutes.

In a medium bowl, stir together the bread crumbs, parsley, eggs, milk,
ketchup, Romano cheese, and the salt and pepper. Add the chicken and
gently stir to combine.

Using a melon baller (or a teaspoon measure), form the chicken mixture
into 3/4-inch pieces. With damp hands, roll the chicken pieces into
mini meatballs.

In a large (14-inch) skillet, heat the oil over medium-high heat.
Working in batches, add the meatballs and cook without moving until
brown on the bottom, about 2 minutes. Turn the meatballs over and
brown the other side, about 2 minutes longer. Add the chicken stock
and tomatoes. Bring to a boil. Using a wooden spoon, scrape up the
brown bits that cling to the bottom of the pan. Reduce heat to low and
simmer until tomatoes are soft and meatballs are cooked through, about
5 minutes. Drain the pasta, reserving about 1 cup of the pasta water.
Transfer pasta to a large serving bowl and add the Parmesan. Toss to
lightly coat orecchiette, adding reserved pasta water, if needed, to
loosen the pasta. Add the meatball mixture, mozzarella cheese, and 1/2
cup of the basil. Gently toss to combine. Garnish with the chopped

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1 comment:

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