Florentine Mac and Cheese and Roast Chicken Meatballs Recipe

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Submitted by jleibold

Makes 6 servings



Florentine Mac and Cheese and Roast Chicken Meatballs

Recipe Ingredients for Florentine Mac and Cheese and Roast Chicken Meatballs

1 pounds ground chicken
1 Black pepper
3 cloves garlic, chopped
1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1 cup ricotta cheese
1 1/2 cups grated Parmigiano Reggiano
1 egg
3/4 cup bread crumbs
1 pound pasta
20 ounces, chopped frozen spinach
3 tablespoons butter
3 tablespoons whole wheat flour
1 cup chicken stock
1 cup skim milk

Recipe Directions for Florentine Mac and Cheese and Roast Chicken Meatballs

  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.

  2. Place a large pot of water on to boil for pasta. When it comes to a boil, salt it and add the pasta to cook to al dente. Strain pasta reserving 1 cup cooking liquid.

  3. While the water is coming to a boil, in a large mixing bowl combine the chicken, salt and pepper, garlic, crushed red pepper flakes, ricotta cheese, 1/2 cup grated Parmigiano - a rounded handful, egg and bread crumbs. *If the mixture seems too wet, add a handful of bread crumbs and mix together.

  4. Form 8 large round balls, about 3 to 4-inches. Coat balls in a couple of tablespoons of extra-virgin olive oil and lightly grease a baking sheet with 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil. Arrange balls on the baking sheet and roast 17 to 18 minutes until juices run clear.

  5. Defrost spinach in microwave 8 to 10 minutes on "defrost" setting depending on the microwave. Place the boxes in a shallow dish to catch any run off.

  6. While the meatballs roast, in a medium sauce pot over medium heat, melt butter, whisk in flour, cook 1 minute then whisk in stock and milk, season with salt, pepper and nutmeg and thicken 5 to 6 minutes. Stir in the remaining 1 cup grated Parmigiano and reduce heat on lowest setting.

  7. Wring spinach completely dry in clean kitchen towel then separate as you add it to the sauce. Also add the reserved 1 cup pasta cooking liquid.

  8. Toss pasta with the spinach-white sauce and adjust seasonings

Categories

Chicken, Pasta, Main Dish, English

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 422.2g
Amount Per Serving
Calories
774
Calories from Fat
222
% Daily Value*
Total Fat
24.7g
38%
Saturated Fat
12.1g
60%
Trans Fat
0.0g
Cholesterol
277mg
92%
Sodium
600mg
25%
Potassium
767mg
22%
Total Carbohydrates
59.0g
20%
Dietary Fiber
0.8g
3%
Sugars
3.2g
Protein
76.3g
Vitamin A 13% Vitamin C 1%
Calcium 47% Iron 34%
* Based on a 2000 calorie diet

Nutritional details are an estimate and should only be used as a guide for approximation.
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Health Information

Nutrition Grade
96% confidence
B-
  Good points
  • Low in sugar
  • High in niacin
  • High in selenium
  •   Bad points
  • High in cholesterol
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