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Mini Chicken Sausage Meatballs with Gnocchi and Tomato Sauce

 

This is really a tasty recipe, I have introduced it to many friends, because once they tasted it, they always ask me for this recipe!
17

Yield

4

servings

Prep

15

min

Cook

20

min

Ready

35

min

Trans-fat Free, Good source of fiber
 

Ingredients

1 pound pasta, gnocchi
*
1 ½ pound chicken
ground
1 tablespoon seasoning
grill
*
1 teaspoon fennel seeds
1/3 palm full
¼ cup tomatoes
tender sun dried
20 each basil
leaves fresh, divided
*
2 tablespoons olive oil, extra-virgin
plus some to drizzle
1 medium onions
finely chopped
½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
crushed
*
28 ounces tomatoes
crushed
8 ounces tomato sauce
canned
1 x Parmesan cheese
*

Directions

Bring a pot of water to boil for gnocchi.

Season the water with salt, add gnocchi and cook according to package directions.

Place chicken in a medium bowl with grill seasoning and add the fennel seeds.

Pile sun-dried tomatoes on top of each other in small stacks then slice into thin strips.

Coarsely chop the thin strips and add to bowl.

Stack 10 basil leaves together then roll them up into a log.

Shred the basil by thinly slicing the log.

Add basil to the bowl. Drizzle some extra-virgin olive oil over the chicken, mix meat together and roll into mini balls, 1½ inches across, and arrange on a nonstick cookie sheet.

Bake at 400 degree F for 10 to 12 minutes or until firm and lightly golden.

Preheat a large skillet over medium heat.

Add 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, the onions and crushed red pepper flakes.

Cook 5 minutes, stirring frequently.

Stir in the tomatoes and sauce and season with salt and pepper. Simmer over low heat.

Stir in the remaining 10 leaves of basil, whole or torn.

Drain gnocchi and remove balls from oven.

Toss gnocchi and meat balls with sauce and serve with grated cheese to pass at table.

 

* not incl. in nutrient facts

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Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 430g (15.2 oz)
Amount per Serving
Calories 44440% of calories from fat
 % Daily Value *
Total Fat 20g 30%
Saturated Fat 4g 22%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 152mg 51%
Sodium 163mg 7%
Total Carbohydrate 5g 5%
Dietary Fiber 4g 14%
Sugars g
Protein 104g
Vitamin A 35% Vitamin C 52%
Calcium 6% Iron 18%
* based on a 2,000 calorie diet How is this calculated?

 

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