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Tomato Basil Shells with Turkey Meatballs

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Tomato Basil Shells with Turkey Meatballs
  • Prep Time 5 min
  • Total Time 15 min
  • Servings 4
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Tomato Basil Shells with Turkey Meatballs

This fresh and easy dinner can be made in less than 15 minutes -- and is sure to have your kids asking for more.

Ingredients

1/2
lb shell-shaped pasta
1
(14.5-oz) can Muir Glen™ organic diced tomatoes with basil and garlic
1/2
cup fresh basil, chopped
1/2
cup Perline mozzarella (pearl size)
12
precooked turkey meatballs, heated and halved
Sea salt and ground pepper
Red pepper crushed

Directions

  • 1 Cook the shell pasta according to package directions.
  • 2 While the shell pasta is cooking, stir together the tomatoes, basil, mozzarella, meatballs, salt, pepper and a sprinkle of crushed red pepper.
  • 3 Stir the shell pasta into the tomato mixture.
  • 4 Serve immediately.
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Tomato Basil Shells with Turkey Meatballs

As prepared by S Caron,

Fresh, Fast, Easy


My son was skeptical when I made this for dinner recently on a busy night. Looking at it, he thought it seemed too simple. Too plain. Could a few simple ingredients really add up to a delicious, filling dinner? I knew the answer was yes, so I pressed on. And guess what? It did … and he had seconds.

There are three things I look for in dinner when I am in a hurry: it needs to taste fresh, cook really fast (like under 20 minutes) and be super easy. Tomato Basil Shells with Turkey Meatballs fits all the criteria.

Pasta Shells with Turkey Meatballs

The recipe uses premade, precooked turkey meatballs. You can find these in the meat section of the grocery store or in the freezer section. I prefer the ones in the meat case, but use whatever you like. Or if you have leftover turkey meatballs, those will work perfectly too.

The meatballs are mixed with an uncooked tomato sauce made from Muir Glen Diced Tomatoes with Basil and Garlic, chopped fresh basil and a little salt and pepper. And it’s all finished off with little pearl-sized fresh mozzarella.

Pasta Shells Tomato Sauce

The meatballs can be heated and the sauce whipped up in the time it takes to boil and cook the shell pasta – about 15 minutes.

Serve this fabulous pasta dish with a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese and a slice of crusty Italian bread.

Dinner in under 20 minutes? I’ll take it!



Sarah W. Caron (aka scaron) is a food writer, editor and blogger who writes about family-friendly foods and raising a healthy family at Sarah’s Cucina Bella.
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