WHOLLY CAPPELLO'S I'M EATING PASTA

OMG I just ate pasta! And I'll admit I felt a little guilty. I haven't had real pasta in over a year! This is crazy. And possibly the greatest thing since bacon, if I dare say that. So there's this awesome company out of Colorado called Cappello's who sent me samples of the three grain free pastas they carry; fettuccini, gnocchi and lasagne. And I thought, where do I even begin? Is this even going to be any good? I love pasta, and it was a tough one to give up when I went paleo, but it's been over a year now since it's touched my lips and I was content with my life and the lack of pasta within it, or so I thought. But then this happened. I decided to give the fettuccini noodles a whirl first and try a traditional spaghetti and meatball recipe (because I love spaghetti and meatballs). And let me just begin by saying this was so easy to cook. The pasta came shipped to me with a freezer bag to keep them fresh, and then it said to keep them in the fridge, or freeze them if you want to use them later. So I had this box in the fridge and the rest are in the freezer to play with later. I boiled up a little water, popped this package in, and boom, ready in 45 seconds! 45 freaking seconds! How perfect is that? Now I'm even more excited about trying out the others. One package said it would serve 2 people, however I was cooking for 3 tonight so I made a side of veggies to be safe (and because I always make a side of veggies to go with our dinner). But with the meatballs and sauce one package was plenty for my family of three. I guess it all depends on how hungry you are. Also, it's made from almond flour so I found it to be very filling and satisfying. Now, as I was eating this pasta I began to get a little sceptical. I thought, "am I just loving this because it tastes so foreign and forbidden?" So I turned to my family, who are non-paleo eaters (unless I'm force feeding my experiments on them) and they said, "this is so good Ashley, really good, it tastes just like pasta". So my stamp of approval comes with the stamp of approval from my non-paleo (don't worry I'm working on converting them) family. It's definitely worth giving a shot for yourself!

Fettuccini and Meatballs in Tomato Sauce

Prep 10 min

Cooking 45 minutes

Serves 4

INGREDIENTS

For the meatballs:

  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 1/2 cup almond meal
  • 1 egg
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tbsp parsley
  • 1/2 tbsp oregano
  • Salt and pepper

For the sauce:

  • 1/2 cup onions, chopped
  • 2 carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 2 celery sticks, chopped
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 can tomato sauce
  • 1 tsp basil
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • Salt and pepper

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Prepare the meatballs first by combining all ingredients and rolling into medium sized balls
  2. Spray a large skillet with olive oil and place over medium heat
  3. Cook the meatballs for approximately 5-6 minutes, or until thoroughly cooked
  4. In a separate large skillet prepare the sauce
  5. Add the olive oil, garlic, carrots, celery and onions and cook over medium heat for a few minutes
  6. Then add the crushed tomatoes, tomato sauce, basil, oregano, salt and pepper and stir to combine
  7. Pour the sauce over the meatballs, bring to boil, and then reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes
  8. Just before that's finished, bring a pot of water to boil, add a little salt and Cappello's Grain Free Fettuccini, boil for 45 seconds and remove
  9. Serve the sauce and meatballs over the fettuccini