Monday, 11 June 2012

Cheese Filled Turkey Balls & Cream Sauce Pasta

Britmums has teamed up with Lean on Turkey and are hosting this fantastic recipe competition. This is my entry for BritMums and Lean on Turkey competition.

Cheese Filled Turkey Balls & Cream Sauce Pasta

Healthy eating for children has always been my top priority. I like making this dish because I know it is good for the children and this is one of their favourite pasta dishes. It has turkey and cheese that are good for their bones and lots of colourful vegetables that contain vitamins good for their health.

(Serves 4)

250g pasta shapes

300g minced turkey 

½ cup fresh bread crumbs

2 tablespoon olive oil

1 clove garlic (chopped)

1 beaten egg
½ cup chopped basil

16-20 cheese balls or cubes

For the cream sauce:

100g cream cheese

100 ml milk

½ cup peas

½ cup chopped carrot


½ cup finely grated cheese

sprigs of fresh basil

1. Place the turkey, breadcrumbs, garlic, basil, a tablespoon of olive oil, egg, salt and pepper in a food processor. Turn the processor on to pulsate for 5 seconds till the turkey mixture is well chopped up.

2. Divide the turkey mixture into 16 –20 pieces. Place a cheese ball in the centre of a flatten turkey mixture and roll into a ball. Repeat with the rest of the cheese balls and turkey.

3. Heat the rest of olive oil in a pan. Fry the turkey meat balls gently for 2-3 minutes without browning.

4. Add in the milk. Bring to the boil and simmer for 10 minutes. Add in the cream cheese, peas and carrot. Simmer for a further 5 minutes till the cream cheese is melted and the turkey meat balls are cooked through. Season to taste.

5. Boil the pasta in water according to the instruction on the packet. When cooked, drain off the water.

6. Divide the cooked pasta onto 4 warm plates. Spoon over the trkey balls and cream cheese sauce.

7. Sprinkle with grated cheese. Garnish with a sprig of basil. Enjoy with the family.

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