Chicken and Bacon Meatballs

Meatballs served with pasta are the ultimate comfort food. Carol’s Chicken and Bacon Meatballs are a twist on the classic Italian dish.

1/2 kg chicken mince
1/4 kg diced bacon
2 minced garlic cloves
1 & 1/2 tablespoons fresh parsley
2 tablespoons fresh Parmesan cheese
1 egg
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/4 cup breadcrumbs

Pasta and sauce
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 brown onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, crushed
1 x 800g can Italian diced tomatoes
1 tablespoon tomato paste
1/3 cup chopped fresh continental parsley
1/2 teaspoon caster sugar
Salt & freshly ground black pepper
400g dried penne pasta

Combine chicken, bacon, garlic, parsley, Parmesan and roll into bite sized balls.
Roll balls in egg and breadcrumbs.
Gently fry in oil until golden brown and place to one side and keep warm

Cook pasta as per packet directions.
Heat the oil in a large frying pan over medium heat. Add the onion and cook, uncovered, stirring often until it softens slightly. Add the garlic and cook, stirring, until aromatic.
Stir in the tomatoes and tomato paste. Increase heat to high and bring to the boil. Reduce heat to medium and simmer, uncovered, stirring often, for 6-7 minutes or until the sauce reduces and thickens slightly.
Stir in the parsley and sugar. Taste and season with salt and pepper.

Combine the pasta, sauce and meatballs and serve immediately.