Mostaccioli & mushroom meatballs

Yield: 6 Servings

Measure Ingredient
1 pounds Mostaccioli or Penne; or... other medium pasta shape uncooked
½ teaspoon Butter or margarine
8 ounces Mushrooms, chopped
8 ounces Ground turkey
8 ounces Extra lean ground beef
1 cup Fresh bread crumbs (whole wheat)
2 larges Egg whites
¼ cup Grated Asiago cheese
2 teaspoons Minced fresh oregano; or... Dried oregano
1½ teaspoon Minced fresh rosemary; or.. Crushed dried rosemary
½ teaspoon Salt
¼ teaspoon Pepper
1 Recipe BASIC TOMATO SAUCE (see separate recipe)
1 teaspoon Vegetable oil; divided

MEATBALLS

SAUCE

In a large, non-stick skillet, warm the butter or margarine over medium-high heat. Add the mushrooms and saute until very soft, about 6 minutes. Turn mushrooms onto a cutting board and chop again.

In a medium mixing bowl, stir together the mushrooms, ground turkey, ground beef, bread crumbs, egg whites, Asiago cheese, oregano, rosemary, salt and pepper. Knead the mixture together thoroughly with your hands. To prevent sticking, dip your hands into cool water before forming each meatball. Form mixture into 30 1-inch balls.

Put the tomato sauce into a large, heavy-bottom saucepan and bring to a simmer over low heat. Warm ½ teaspoon vegetable oil in a large non-stick skillet. Add half the meatballs to the skillet and brown them on all sides. Spoon the meatballs into the tomato sauce. Add the remaining ½ teaspoon vegetable oil to the skillet and brown the rest of the meatballs, then add them to the sauce. Simmer, stirring, for 20 minutes.

While sauce is simmering, prepare pasta according to package directions; drain. Transfer to a large serving bowl. Remove bay leaves from sauce; pour sauce over pasta and serve.

Each serving provides: 876 Calories; 47 g Protein; 132 g Carbohydrates; 18 g Fat; 80.3 mg Cholesterol; 376 mg Sodium. Calories from Fat: 18%

Copyright National Pasta Association () (Reprinted with permission)

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