Curtis Stone's fettuccine with chicken meatballs in a homemade Napoli sauce

Coles
Cooking time
More than 1 hour
Cuisine
Italian
Serves
4
Type
Budget
Easy
Pasta
3 stars - based on 12 reviews
Fettuccine with chicken meatballs in a homemade Napoli sauce

Ingredients

For the tomato sauce

  • 1 tbsp Coles Olive Oil
  • 1/2 Brown Onion, finely diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 large sprigs Fresh Thyme
  • 800g tinned tomatoes

For the meatballs

  • 500g Coles Chicken Mince
  • 1/4 cup Tip Top Krummies Plain Breadcrumbs
  • 1 tbsp Fresh Continental Parsley, chopped
  • 1 tsp Coles Dijon Mustard
  • 1 small Pace Farm Natural Living Free Range Egg
  • 1/4 cup Coles Olive Oil
  • 350g Coles Fettuccine
  • 1/4 cup Coles Parmigiano Reggiano Parmesan Cheese, finely grated to serve

Preparation method

To make the Napoli sauce: Heat the oil in a heavy-bottomed saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the onion and garlic and saute for 2 minutes, then add the thyme and tomatoes and bring to the simmer.

Simmer very gently uncovered over medium-low heat stirring occasionally for 30 minutes or until the tomatoes have broken down and the sauce has thickened. Add a little water during the cooking process if the sauce thickens too much.

Remove and discard the thyme stems and season to taste with salt and pepper.

While the sauce is simmering, bring a large pot of salted water to the boil. Now it’s time to make the meatballs. Combine the chicken, breadcrumbs, parsley, Dijon mustard and egg in a large mixing bowl and season with salt and pepper.

Using your hands, gently mix until just blended. Be careful not to over mix the meat as it will toughen it up.

Form the mixture into 8-12 meatballs, dipping your hands in a bowl of cold water to stop the chicken from sticking.

Heat the oil in a large heavy-bottomed frying pan over medium heat.

Cook the meatballs until golden brown all over, about 6-8 minutes.

Using a slotted spoon, transfer the meatballs to the tomato sauce and simmer gently until the meatballs are cooked through, about 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, add the fettuccine to the boiling water and cook according to the packet directions until al dente, stirring occasionally to prevent sticking.

Drain the fettuccine and toss the pasta with some of the Napoli sauce, season to taste with salt and pepper, and divide the pasta between four serving bowls. Divide the meatballs and remaining tomato sauce evenly between the four bowls of pasta.

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Serving suggestion: Sprinkle the grated parmesan cheese on top and serve.  

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