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Saturday, September 22, 2012

Fettuccine with chicken meatballs in creamy sauce


I've been lurking at the MasterChef Australia's site looking for some dish to submit at Zoe's blog hop

Can't seem to decide which dish to make ....

I'm eyeing the macarons recipe for quiet sometime but still afraid to take a plunge ! lol

So the safest dish is pasta ....

If I got to cook something over and over again , it'll be pasta ....

Simple , easy and oh-so satisfying ....

Just like dim sum , I can subsist on this alone  ^___^''

This is Curtis Stone's recipe and if you've seen his photo , he looks as scrumptious as this dish ! lol

I only had 1 can of tinned tomato so instead of making Napoli sauce , I've added some cream cheese to make a creamy sauce .

Fettuccine with chicken meatballs in a homemade Napoli sauce

Recipe from MasterChef Australia by Curtis Stone

For the tomato sauce :

1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 onion , finely diced
2 cloves garlic , minced
2 large sprigs of fresh thyme ( I used 1 tsp dried thyme ) 
800 grams of tinned tomatoes ( 1-400 grams tinned tomatoes , 100 grams catsup , 300 ml chicken broth and 85 grams cream cheese )
some brown sugar 
generous teaspoon of chili flakes

* Heat oil in a pan over medium-high heat ; add onion and garlic and sauté for 2 minutes , then add thyme and tomatoes and bring to a simmer .
* Simmer gently , uncovered , stirring occasionally for 30 minutes or until the tomatoes have broken down and the sauce has thickened ( I added the cream cheese after the sauce has thickened a little bit )  ; add a little water during the cooking process if the sauce thickens too much ; remove and discard the thyme stems and season with salt and pepper .


For the meatballs :

500 grams minced chicken
1/4 cup breadcrumbs
1 tbsp parsley ( cilantro )
1 tsp Dijon mustard
1 small egg
generous pinch of chili flakes
1/4 cup olive oil , for frying
350 grams fettuccine
1/4 cup , parmesan cheese , finely grated to serve

* Combine the minced chicken , breadcrumbs , parsley , mustard and egg in a large bowl and season with salt and pepper . Gently mix until just blended ; be careful not to over mix the mixture as it will toughen up .
* Form mixture into 8-12 meatballs , dipping your hands in a bowl of cold water to stop chicken mixture from sticking .
* Heat oil in a large frying pan over medium heat ; cook meatballs until golden brown all over , about 6-8 minutes . Transfer the meatballs to the tomato sauce and simmer gently until meatballs are cooked through , about 10 minutes .
* Meanwhile , bring a large pot of salted water to the boil , add the fettuccine and cook according to package direction .
* To serve , you can either add the fettuccine to the sauce or divide pasta between four serving bowl and pour over the meatballs and sauce evenly between the four bowls of pasta ; sprinkle the grated cheese .

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This blog post is submitted to the blog hop event Cook like a Star featuring recipes from MasterChef and hosted by Zoe of Bake for Happy Kids , Anuja of Simple Baking and Yen aka Baby Sumo of Eat your Heart Out

Do check out some blogging friends scrumptious offerings !




23 comments:

  1. Hi Anne, so glad to see you joining us in Cook Like a MasterChef. I had to google Curtis Stone and ahem he is quite scrumptious! LOL.

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  2. Hi Anne, wow... delicious and I'm very hungry now. Can you please pass me 1 plate with extra balls... opps I mean Chicken meatballs. LOL

    Where is your yesterday "strawberryfic" posting?
    It got so terrific until missing from your posting? LOL

    Have a nice weekend. regards

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    1. Amelia , Curtis Stone's balls er meatballs tastes really good ! lol

      Re strawberryfic post , that's my post months ago , I don't know why it did appear as my current post :P Guess , I did click something that I'm not supposed to click ! tsk tsk :D

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  3. This dish looks so uncomplicated...Who can resist a pasta dish?! Yummy!!

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  4. when you talking about dim sum, remind me i have quite long did not eat dim sum, hehehe..for me, the Western meal i cooked the most is pasta,,so your Fettuccine with chicken meatballs in creamy sauce is perfect for me to try out when i feel like want to cook pasta.
    Have a great weekend Anne..

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  5. Oh yum! The meatballs looks so yummy! Yes, Curtis Stone has that boy-next-door look! Haha! Have one of his books, bookmarked many to try, but so far only tried one dessert! Have a delicious Sunday!

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  6. This pastas with chicken meatballs are so appetizing & mouthwatering! I can eat 2 plates of this pastas! Yum-yum ! Have a wonderful weekend, Anne! :)

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  7. Love the look of your pasts. Such a comforting dish!
    Thanx for entering this into the Masterchef blog hop!
    Anuja

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  8. Yumm....your pasta makes me drool.. I want to cook this soon :)

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  9. Yum, this looks really delicious - total comfort food! :)

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  10. I don't know what Napoli sauce is? but I will go with your version of tomato and cream.This does look very satisfying dish.

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    1. I didn't even know this sauce exist before I read it at the MasterChef's site ! lol

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  11. your cream cheese sauce sounds better than regular napoli sauce! mmm and your pictures are very pretty!

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  12. Oh my goodness, this looks fantastic!It truly is the safest dish, I love pasta a lot!

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  13. looks tempting & delicious...mouthwatering!

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  14. You've succeeded in making me hungry for dinner before I've even had breakfast :-). This looks wonderful and it was a great choice for the event. I hope you are having a great weekend. Blessings...Mary

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  15. What a delectable dish, Anne! I made pasta with beef meatballs this week...will have to try chicken soon :)

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  16. Hi Anne,

    I like Curtis Stone too! He is a cute guy that can cook... Ok, I have to stop dreaming :D

    Your extra creamy fettuccine looks very delicious. Imagine eating this with Curtis Stone, it will be super-wonderful... LOL!

    Zoe

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  17. That looks great!! :D Meatballs and Pasta always work. I like Curtis Stone's recipes too as he's rather health conscious himself.

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  18. wow, i see cream cheese in this pasta too! must be super creamy and sounds delicious! your close up of that meatballs makes me hungry...LOL!!

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  19. Such a delicious chicken meatball pasta!

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