“Polpette” Chicken and Ricotta Meatballs

A wonderful treat from Tuscany, these light chicken meatballs can be served on their own or with pasta. They also make a nice sandwich.

Serves: 2Hands-on: 10 minutesTotal: 45 minutesDifficulty: Easy

Serves: 2

Ingredients

  • ¾ cup plain bread crumbs
  • ½ cup milk
  • ½ lb. ground chicken
  • 4 oz. whole-milk ricotta cheese
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 4 Tbsp. chopped fresh parsley
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Olive oil, as needed
  • 2 cups marinara sauce
  • 2 cups cooked fettuccini pasta
  • 2 sprigs fresh basil
  • 1 small red chili, sliced

Directions

  • Soak the breadcrumbs in the milk for 10 minutes. Mix together all of the ingredients except the olive oil and marinara sauce. Mix well, using your hands. Divide the mixture into eighths, and roll into meatballs.
  • Heat the olive oil in a skillet on medium-high. Brown the meatballs well, and blot dry with paper towels.
  • Heat the marinara sauce. Simmer for 25 minutes. Serve hot over the marinara with pasta, basil and sliced chilies.

Recipe Information

Serves: 2

Ingredients

  • ¾ cup plain bread crumbs
  • ½ cup milk
  • ½ lb. ground chicken
  • 4 oz. whole-milk ricotta cheese
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 4 Tbsp. chopped fresh parsley
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Olive oil, as needed
  • 2 cups marinara sauce
  • 2 cups cooked fettuccini pasta
  • 2 sprigs fresh basil
  • 1 small red chili, sliced

Directions

  • Soak the breadcrumbs in the milk for 10 minutes. Mix together all of the ingredients except the olive oil and marinara sauce. Mix well, using your hands. Divide the mixture into eighths, and roll into meatballs.
  • Heat the olive oil in a skillet on medium-high. Brown the meatballs well, and blot dry with paper towels.
  • Heat the marinara sauce. Simmer for 25 minutes. Serve hot over the marinara with pasta, basil and sliced chilies.

Nutrition Information

Nutrition Information
Amount per serving
Calories830
Total Fat37g
Saturated Fat13g
Cholesterol245mg
Sodium1780mg
Total Carbohydrate75g
Dietary Fiber8g
Sugars19g
Protein48g