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Mini Meatballs With Pasta And Apple Pesto

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  For pesto  
  Fresh basil leaves 2 Cup (32 tbs)
  Granny smith apple 1 , peeled, cored and cut into large chunks
  Grated parmesan cheese 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  Walnuts 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  Garlic 1 Clove (5 gm)
  Pepper sauce 1 Teaspoon
  Salt 1⁄4 Teaspoon
  Olive oil 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)
  Bow tie pasta 8 Ounce
For meatballs
  Lean ground beef 1⁄2 Pound
  Ground turkey 1⁄2 Pound
  Egg 1
  Dry seasoned bread crumbs 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)
  Club soda 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)
  Pepper sauce 1 Tablespoon
  Water 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  Roasted red peppers 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs), cut into strips

1) In a food processor or blender, add basil, apple, cheese, walnuts, garlic, 1 teaspoon sauce and salt to process.
2) Slowly add oil until mixture is smooth.
3) Follow instruction to cook the bow tie pasta. Drain water and set aside.
4) In the mean time, use a large bowl, to combine ground beef, turkey, egg, bread crumbs, club soda and 1 tablespoon sauce until well mixed.
5) Take tablespoonfuls of meat mixture to shape into balls.

6) Use a 12-inch nonstick skillet over medium-high heat, to cook meatballs until well browned on all sides, turning frequently.
7) Pour in water and increase the heat to bring a boil.
8) Reduce heat to low; cover and simmer 10 minutes.

9) In large bowl, toss cooked pasta, pesto sauce, meatballs with their liquid and red peppers until well mixed. Serve immediately.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Main Dish
Preparation Time: 
35 Minutes
Cook Time: 
30 Minutes
Ready In: 
65 Minutes

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Nutrition Rank

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 581 Calories from Fat 338

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 39 g59.3%

Saturated Fat 9 g45.2%

Trans Fat 0.2 g

Cholesterol 143.9 mg48%

Sodium 828.5 mg34.5%

Total Carbohydrates 23 g7.8%

Dietary Fiber 3 g11.9%

Sugars 5.7 g

Protein 34 g67.7%

Vitamin A 31.9% Vitamin C 23.7%

Calcium 23.1% Iron 17.4%

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet

Mini Meatballs With Pasta And Apple Pesto Recipe