Pasta With Turkey Sausage Meatballs

2 04 2013

This recipe reminds me of carbonara, just a much lighter version!  Carbonara is an Italian pasta dish traditionally made with raw eggs, cheese and black pepper (and usually cream or butter). Since spaghetti is usually the pasta of choice in the dish, I switched out the orecciette this recipe originally called for so it would feel more like carbonara.  Mangia friends!

Pasta With Turkey Sausage Meatballs

Pasta With Turkey Sausage Meatballs

The following serves 4 (compliments of Food Network Magazine):

  • Kosher salt
  • 1 box whole wheat spaghetti (recipe called for orecciette pasta, but use whatever pasta you like)
  • 1 bunch broccoli, cut into bit-size pieces
  • 8 ounces Italian turkey sausage, casings removed (I used hot sausage, you could also use sweet / mild)
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling
  • 4 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • Pinch of red pepper flakes
  • 2 large eggs
  • Ground pepper
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the pasta and cook as the label directs, adding the broccoli during the last 2-3 minutes of cooking. Reserve 1 cup cooking water, then drain the pasta and broccoli.

Meanwhile, roll the sausage meat into about 20 small meatballs. Heat 1 Tbsp olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the meatballs and cook, turning occasionally, until browned and cooked through, 5 to 6 minutes. Drain on paper towels.

Add 2-3 more Tbsp of oil to the skillet, the garlic, red pepper flakes and 1/2 tsp salt. Cook over medium heat, stirring 1 minute. Add the pasta, broccoli and meatballs. Whisk the egg with the reserved cooking water in a small bowl, then add to the skillet (off heat) and stir until the sauce thickens slightly. Season with salt and pepper to taste. This Girl’s tip: try to let the cooking water cool slightly before whisking the egg in, and be sure to whisk quickly and away from any direct heat to prevent the egg from cooking. Incorporating the egg this way should help make a creamy sauce.

Divide the pasta among bowls. Sprinkle with cheese, black pepper and drizzle with olive oil.

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