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Grape-Nuts Turkey Meatballs with Zucchini ‘Noodles’ and Pesto

Grape-Nuts Turkey Meatballs with Zucchini ‘Noodles’ and Pesto


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Spaghetti and meatballs are delicious — make your meatballs with a different type of noodle when you make dinner....

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Spaghetti and meatballs are delicious — make your meatballs with a different type of noodle when you make dinner. Use zucchini to make noodles and have that with turkey meatballs and pesto.

Ingredients

For the meatballs:

  • 1/2 Cup Post Grape-Nuts cereal
  • 1/3 Cup one percent milk
  • 1 Pound lean ground turkey
  • 1/4 Cup Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, finely grated
  • 1/4 Cup Italian parsley, chopped fresh
  • 1/4 Cup shallot, finely chopped
  • 1 Tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 Teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 Teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

For the pesto sauce:

  • 1 Cup fresh basil leaves, packed
  • 1/4 Cup Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, grated
  • 3 Tablespoons pine nuts
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 4 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt, to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste

For the pasta:

  • 4 large zucchini
  • 1 Cup grape tomatoes, halved
  • Freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, for garnish
  • Sprigs of fresh basil, for garnish

Servings4

Calories Per Serving557

Folate equivalent (total)202µg50%

Riboflavin (B2)0.7mg42.9%


  • 4 medium-large zucchini (about 2 pounds), trimmed
  • ¾ teaspoon salt, divided
  • 2 cups packed fresh basil leaves
  • ¼ cup pine nuts, toasted
  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 large clove garlic, quartered
  • ½ teaspoon ground pepper
  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into 1-inch pieces

Using a spiral vegetable slicer, cut zucchini lengthwise into long, thin strands. Give the strands a chop here and there so the noodles aren't too long. Place the zucchini in a colander and toss with 1/4 teaspoon salt. Let drain for 15 to 30 minutes, then gently squeeze to remove any excess liquid.

Meanwhile, place basil, pine nuts, Parmesan, 1/4 cup oil, lemon juice, garlic, pepper and 1/4 teaspoon salt in a mini food processor. Process until almost smooth.

Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add chicken in one layer sprinkle with the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt. Cook, stirring, until just cooked through, about 5 minutes. Transfer to a large bowl and stir in 3 tablespoons of the pesto.

Add the remaining 1 tablespoon oil to the pan. Add the drained zucchini noodles and toss gently until hot, 2 to 3 minutes. Transfer to the bowl with the chicken. Add the remaining pesto and toss gently to coat.


  • 4 medium-large zucchini (about 2 pounds), trimmed
  • ¾ teaspoon salt, divided
  • 2 cups packed fresh basil leaves
  • ¼ cup pine nuts, toasted
  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 large clove garlic, quartered
  • ½ teaspoon ground pepper
  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into 1-inch pieces

Using a spiral vegetable slicer, cut zucchini lengthwise into long, thin strands. Give the strands a chop here and there so the noodles aren't too long. Place the zucchini in a colander and toss with 1/4 teaspoon salt. Let drain for 15 to 30 minutes, then gently squeeze to remove any excess liquid.

Meanwhile, place basil, pine nuts, Parmesan, 1/4 cup oil, lemon juice, garlic, pepper and 1/4 teaspoon salt in a mini food processor. Process until almost smooth.

Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add chicken in one layer sprinkle with the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt. Cook, stirring, until just cooked through, about 5 minutes. Transfer to a large bowl and stir in 3 tablespoons of the pesto.

Add the remaining 1 tablespoon oil to the pan. Add the drained zucchini noodles and toss gently until hot, 2 to 3 minutes. Transfer to the bowl with the chicken. Add the remaining pesto and toss gently to coat.


  • 4 medium-large zucchini (about 2 pounds), trimmed
  • ¾ teaspoon salt, divided
  • 2 cups packed fresh basil leaves
  • ¼ cup pine nuts, toasted
  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 large clove garlic, quartered
  • ½ teaspoon ground pepper
  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into 1-inch pieces

Using a spiral vegetable slicer, cut zucchini lengthwise into long, thin strands. Give the strands a chop here and there so the noodles aren't too long. Place the zucchini in a colander and toss with 1/4 teaspoon salt. Let drain for 15 to 30 minutes, then gently squeeze to remove any excess liquid.

Meanwhile, place basil, pine nuts, Parmesan, 1/4 cup oil, lemon juice, garlic, pepper and 1/4 teaspoon salt in a mini food processor. Process until almost smooth.

Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add chicken in one layer sprinkle with the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt. Cook, stirring, until just cooked through, about 5 minutes. Transfer to a large bowl and stir in 3 tablespoons of the pesto.

Add the remaining 1 tablespoon oil to the pan. Add the drained zucchini noodles and toss gently until hot, 2 to 3 minutes. Transfer to the bowl with the chicken. Add the remaining pesto and toss gently to coat.


  • 4 medium-large zucchini (about 2 pounds), trimmed
  • ¾ teaspoon salt, divided
  • 2 cups packed fresh basil leaves
  • ¼ cup pine nuts, toasted
  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 large clove garlic, quartered
  • ½ teaspoon ground pepper
  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into 1-inch pieces

Using a spiral vegetable slicer, cut zucchini lengthwise into long, thin strands. Give the strands a chop here and there so the noodles aren't too long. Place the zucchini in a colander and toss with 1/4 teaspoon salt. Let drain for 15 to 30 minutes, then gently squeeze to remove any excess liquid.

Meanwhile, place basil, pine nuts, Parmesan, 1/4 cup oil, lemon juice, garlic, pepper and 1/4 teaspoon salt in a mini food processor. Process until almost smooth.

Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add chicken in one layer sprinkle with the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt. Cook, stirring, until just cooked through, about 5 minutes. Transfer to a large bowl and stir in 3 tablespoons of the pesto.

Add the remaining 1 tablespoon oil to the pan. Add the drained zucchini noodles and toss gently until hot, 2 to 3 minutes. Transfer to the bowl with the chicken. Add the remaining pesto and toss gently to coat.


  • 4 medium-large zucchini (about 2 pounds), trimmed
  • ¾ teaspoon salt, divided
  • 2 cups packed fresh basil leaves
  • ¼ cup pine nuts, toasted
  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 large clove garlic, quartered
  • ½ teaspoon ground pepper
  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into 1-inch pieces

Using a spiral vegetable slicer, cut zucchini lengthwise into long, thin strands. Give the strands a chop here and there so the noodles aren't too long. Place the zucchini in a colander and toss with 1/4 teaspoon salt. Let drain for 15 to 30 minutes, then gently squeeze to remove any excess liquid.

Meanwhile, place basil, pine nuts, Parmesan, 1/4 cup oil, lemon juice, garlic, pepper and 1/4 teaspoon salt in a mini food processor. Process until almost smooth.

Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add chicken in one layer sprinkle with the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt. Cook, stirring, until just cooked through, about 5 minutes. Transfer to a large bowl and stir in 3 tablespoons of the pesto.

Add the remaining 1 tablespoon oil to the pan. Add the drained zucchini noodles and toss gently until hot, 2 to 3 minutes. Transfer to the bowl with the chicken. Add the remaining pesto and toss gently to coat.


  • 4 medium-large zucchini (about 2 pounds), trimmed
  • ¾ teaspoon salt, divided
  • 2 cups packed fresh basil leaves
  • ¼ cup pine nuts, toasted
  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 large clove garlic, quartered
  • ½ teaspoon ground pepper
  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into 1-inch pieces

Using a spiral vegetable slicer, cut zucchini lengthwise into long, thin strands. Give the strands a chop here and there so the noodles aren't too long. Place the zucchini in a colander and toss with 1/4 teaspoon salt. Let drain for 15 to 30 minutes, then gently squeeze to remove any excess liquid.

Meanwhile, place basil, pine nuts, Parmesan, 1/4 cup oil, lemon juice, garlic, pepper and 1/4 teaspoon salt in a mini food processor. Process until almost smooth.

Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add chicken in one layer sprinkle with the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt. Cook, stirring, until just cooked through, about 5 minutes. Transfer to a large bowl and stir in 3 tablespoons of the pesto.

Add the remaining 1 tablespoon oil to the pan. Add the drained zucchini noodles and toss gently until hot, 2 to 3 minutes. Transfer to the bowl with the chicken. Add the remaining pesto and toss gently to coat.


  • 4 medium-large zucchini (about 2 pounds), trimmed
  • ¾ teaspoon salt, divided
  • 2 cups packed fresh basil leaves
  • ¼ cup pine nuts, toasted
  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 large clove garlic, quartered
  • ½ teaspoon ground pepper
  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into 1-inch pieces

Using a spiral vegetable slicer, cut zucchini lengthwise into long, thin strands. Give the strands a chop here and there so the noodles aren't too long. Place the zucchini in a colander and toss with 1/4 teaspoon salt. Let drain for 15 to 30 minutes, then gently squeeze to remove any excess liquid.

Meanwhile, place basil, pine nuts, Parmesan, 1/4 cup oil, lemon juice, garlic, pepper and 1/4 teaspoon salt in a mini food processor. Process until almost smooth.

Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add chicken in one layer sprinkle with the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt. Cook, stirring, until just cooked through, about 5 minutes. Transfer to a large bowl and stir in 3 tablespoons of the pesto.

Add the remaining 1 tablespoon oil to the pan. Add the drained zucchini noodles and toss gently until hot, 2 to 3 minutes. Transfer to the bowl with the chicken. Add the remaining pesto and toss gently to coat.


  • 4 medium-large zucchini (about 2 pounds), trimmed
  • ¾ teaspoon salt, divided
  • 2 cups packed fresh basil leaves
  • ¼ cup pine nuts, toasted
  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 large clove garlic, quartered
  • ½ teaspoon ground pepper
  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into 1-inch pieces

Using a spiral vegetable slicer, cut zucchini lengthwise into long, thin strands. Give the strands a chop here and there so the noodles aren't too long. Place the zucchini in a colander and toss with 1/4 teaspoon salt. Let drain for 15 to 30 minutes, then gently squeeze to remove any excess liquid.

Meanwhile, place basil, pine nuts, Parmesan, 1/4 cup oil, lemon juice, garlic, pepper and 1/4 teaspoon salt in a mini food processor. Process until almost smooth.

Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add chicken in one layer sprinkle with the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt. Cook, stirring, until just cooked through, about 5 minutes. Transfer to a large bowl and stir in 3 tablespoons of the pesto.

Add the remaining 1 tablespoon oil to the pan. Add the drained zucchini noodles and toss gently until hot, 2 to 3 minutes. Transfer to the bowl with the chicken. Add the remaining pesto and toss gently to coat.


  • 4 medium-large zucchini (about 2 pounds), trimmed
  • ¾ teaspoon salt, divided
  • 2 cups packed fresh basil leaves
  • ¼ cup pine nuts, toasted
  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 large clove garlic, quartered
  • ½ teaspoon ground pepper
  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into 1-inch pieces

Using a spiral vegetable slicer, cut zucchini lengthwise into long, thin strands. Give the strands a chop here and there so the noodles aren't too long. Place the zucchini in a colander and toss with 1/4 teaspoon salt. Let drain for 15 to 30 minutes, then gently squeeze to remove any excess liquid.

Meanwhile, place basil, pine nuts, Parmesan, 1/4 cup oil, lemon juice, garlic, pepper and 1/4 teaspoon salt in a mini food processor. Process until almost smooth.

Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add chicken in one layer sprinkle with the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt. Cook, stirring, until just cooked through, about 5 minutes. Transfer to a large bowl and stir in 3 tablespoons of the pesto.

Add the remaining 1 tablespoon oil to the pan. Add the drained zucchini noodles and toss gently until hot, 2 to 3 minutes. Transfer to the bowl with the chicken. Add the remaining pesto and toss gently to coat.


  • 4 medium-large zucchini (about 2 pounds), trimmed
  • ¾ teaspoon salt, divided
  • 2 cups packed fresh basil leaves
  • ¼ cup pine nuts, toasted
  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 large clove garlic, quartered
  • ½ teaspoon ground pepper
  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into 1-inch pieces

Using a spiral vegetable slicer, cut zucchini lengthwise into long, thin strands. Give the strands a chop here and there so the noodles aren't too long. Place the zucchini in a colander and toss with 1/4 teaspoon salt. Let drain for 15 to 30 minutes, then gently squeeze to remove any excess liquid.

Meanwhile, place basil, pine nuts, Parmesan, 1/4 cup oil, lemon juice, garlic, pepper and 1/4 teaspoon salt in a mini food processor. Process until almost smooth.

Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add chicken in one layer sprinkle with the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt. Cook, stirring, until just cooked through, about 5 minutes. Transfer to a large bowl and stir in 3 tablespoons of the pesto.

Add the remaining 1 tablespoon oil to the pan. Add the drained zucchini noodles and toss gently until hot, 2 to 3 minutes. Transfer to the bowl with the chicken. Add the remaining pesto and toss gently to coat.