Chicken Meatball Penne

READY IN: 50mins




  • Cook pasta in a large pan of boiling, salted water until tender; drain; cover to keep warm.
  • To make the meatballs, combine the chicken, garlic, fresh breadcrumbs, chives, basil, parmesan and egg in a bowl, season to taste with salt and pepper, mix well and with floured hands, and shape the mixture into 12-16 meatballs, depending on the size of meatball you fancy.
  • Place the meatballs on a tray, cover loosely and chill for 30 minutes.
  • Heat the butter in a non-stick pan, over a medium heat, and sauté the meatballs, turning occasionally, for 6-8 minutes, or until they are lightly golden-brown all over and fully cooked; remove from the pan and cover to keep the meatballs to keep them warm.
  • Heat the oil in the pan, add the onion, garlic and carrot, and sauté until they have softened; add the milk and peas and bring to the boil; add the pasta; season to taste with salt and freshly ground black pepper; and cook until the pasta is hot.
  • Serve the pasta topped with the meatballs; sprinkle with the crumbled feta and garnish with sage.
  • To freeze: Make the recipe to the end of step 5. Divide the mixture among four ovenproof, freezer-proof (2-cup capacity) dishes; top with the meatballs and sprinkle with feta; cover tightly with plastic wrap; label and date and freeze for up to 2 months.
  • To serve: Thaw pasta in dishes in the refrigerator; remove the plastic wrap; place on an oven tray; cook in a hot oven (200°C) for about 45 minutes, or until hot, and garnish with sage.