Sage Chicken Meatballs with Parmasen Risoni

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Baked sage chicken meatballs over creamy parmesan risoni with spinach

Ingredients

Chicken Meatballs:

Serves 4

1 piece fresh bread, diced or use bread crumbs

½ cup warm water

2 tbsp butter

1 spring onion, minced

4 garlic cloves, minced

1 tsp granulated garlic

¼ tsp crushed chilli (optional)

700 grams chicken mince

¼ cup grated parmesan cheese

2 tbsp chopped fresh sage

2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley

½ tsp salt

Parmesan Risoni with Spinach:

2 tbsp butter

8 sage leaves

2 spring onions, thinly sliced

1 cup risoni

1 cup dry white wine

1 small handful fresh thyme sprigs, tied in kitchen twine

1 ½ cups chicken stock

⅓ cup heavy cream

60 grams fresh spinach (approximately 2 cups)

¼ cup grated parmesan cheese, plus more for serving

freshly cracked black pepper

Method:

1.Heat a 12” skillet over medium heat. Add the butter. Once melted, add the minced shallot and garlic. Cook for a minute or so until softened. Stir in the granulated garlic and red pepper flakes. Turn off the heat.

2. For the meatballs, preheat the oven to 450°F. Prepare a sheet pan with a piece of parchment paper. Lightly oil the parchment. Place the diced bread in a large mixing bowl and pour the warm water over top. Let soak, submerged, for at least 5 minutes.

3. Add the ground chicken, parmesan, sage, parsley, salt, and shallot mixture to the bowl of bread. Mix until incorporated. Form the mixture into approximately 15 (60 grams) meatballs, packing them tightly. Place them onto the prepared sheet pan. Drizzle with a little more olive oil and bake on the top rack of the oven for 25-30 minutes, or until golden and cooked through.

4. For the risoni, wipe out the skillet and place it back over medium heat. Add the butter and let it melt. Add the sage leaves. Let them crisp as the butter begins to brown. Use a slotted spoon to transfer the sage to a paper towel.

5. Add the shallots to the butter and season with a pinch of salt. Cook for about 2 minutes. Stir in the risoni. Pour in the white wine and add the thyme. Bring to a simmer and cook for 2 minutes. Stir in the chicken stock. Bring to a simmer again, reduce the heat to medium-low, and cook for about 6 more minutes, stirring often.

6. Add in the heavy cream, spinach, and parmesan. Let the cream simmer while the spinach wilts and parmesan melts, stirring continuously. Season with salt to taste. Remove the thyme sprigs.

7. Serve the chicken meatballs over the risoni. Garnish with the crispy sage, freshly cracked black pepper, more parmesan, and any extra chopped parsley & thyme leaves.

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