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Turkey Meatballs and Pasta in Cream Sauce

Photo: Kate Sears; Styling: Toni Brogen
Prep time 20 mins
Cook time 40 mins
Yield Makes 4 to 6 servings
This sauce is similar to the classic Alfredo, but we've lightened it with chicken broth and flavored it with mushrooms.

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup scallions, finely minced and divided
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons salt, divided
  • 3/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper, divided
  • 8 ounces white or shiitake mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 1/2 cups chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup fine, dry breadcrumbs
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese, divided, plus more for serving
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 tablespoons minced fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 2/3 cup heavy cream
  • 1 pound dried pasta, such as rotini, cooked according to package directions

How to Make It

  1. Heat oil in a large skillet or saucepan over medium heat. Add 1/2 cup scallions, 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon pepper, and mushrooms, and cook, stirring occasionally, 5 minutes. Add flour, and cook, stirring constantly, 2 minutes more. Add broth; cover and simmer 10 minutes.

    Cleaning Mushrooms
  2. Combine breadcrumbs and milk in a small bowl, and let soak 10 minutes. Combine 1/2 cup Parmesan, remaining 1/2 cup scallions, remaining 1 teaspoon salt, remaining 1/2 teaspoon pepper, and next 4 ingredients in a separate bowl. Stir in breadcrumb mixture, and form into 1 1/2-inch meatballs.

  3. Add meatballs to sauce; cover and simmer 20 minutes more. Add cream, and return to a simmer. Add remaining 1/2 cup Parmesan, and stir until sauce is slightly thickened.

  4. Add drained cooked pasta and sauce to pot, and toss gently to combine. Serve with additional Parmesan.