Turkey and Leek Meatballs with Tomato Tagliatelle
This recipe was sent to us by Ren Behan, one of our online blogger mums. Her challenge was to cook a pizza or pasta meal using turkey. Here's what she thought:
What we thought:
We love meatballs! If you make your own at home, you know exactly what’s gone into them and you can add lots of lovely flavours too. They are easy to make and the kids loved them. 
  • Serves: 3-4
  • Prep: 30min
  • Cook: 20min
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Essential Ingredient:
Turkey Mince
Olive oil

1 large leek, finely chopped

1 clove garlic

500g turkey mince (thigh or breast)

1 egg

2 slices bread (stale bread is best)

½ cup water

50g Grano Padano cheese, grated

Salt and pepper

500g fresh or dried tagliatelle pasta

350g (one pot) tomato and basil sauce

To serve:
Serve sprinkled with grated cheese
These meatballs are easy to make and kids love them.
  1. Fry the leeks in a tablespoon of olive oil for a couple of minutes until soft. Grate in the garlic clove, stir well, set to one side.
  2. Take a large bowl and add the turkey mince, the egg and the leeks and garlic. Soak the slices of bread in water and add that to the mince, breaking it up a little with your hands. Add in the grated Grano Padano cheese and a good twist of salt and pepper. Mix everything together really well – best to do this with your (clean) hands.
  3. Using wet hands or an ice-cream scoop, make golf ball sized balls. Place them on a flat chopping board while you make the rest.
  4. Heat another couple of tablespoons of olive oil in a frying pan and gently fry the meatballs, turning them around until they are nice and golden all over. You might need to do this in a couple of batches.
  5. In the meantime, take a large pan of salted water on to boil and cook your pasta according to the packet instructions. Drain and set aside.
  6. Put all the cooked meatballs back into the pan and pour over the tomato sauce, turn down the heat and simmer for 5-10 minutes.
  7. When ready, mix the meatballs and sauce with the tagliatelle and serve.
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