RECIPES: Mozzarella-Stuffed Meatballs with Penne and Kale

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Mozzarella-Stuffed Meatballs with Penne and Kale

Makes 4 Servings

Per serving (about 1 1/3 cups pasta mixture, 4 meatballs, about ½ cup sauce, and 1 tablespoon Parmesan) 415 Calories, 6 Grams Fat, 9 PPV



¼ pound ground skinless chicken breast

½ cup grated Parmesan cheese

¼ cup plain dried breadcrumbs

¼ cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley

¼ cup fat-free milk

1 large egg white

1 garlic clove, minced

½ teaspoon dried oregano

16 (1/2-inch) cubes part-skim mozzarella cheese

2 cups fat-free marinara sauce

½ cup water

8 ounces whole wheat penne

2 cups thinly sliced kale



  1. Mix together the chicken, ¼ cup of the Parmesan, the bread crumbs, parsley, milk, egg white, garlic, and oregano in a large bowl until combined well.  Divide the chicken mixture into 16 equal portions.  Shape each portion around a mozzarella cheese cube to form 16 stuffed meatballs.


  1. Meanwhile, combine the marinara sauce and water and bring to a simmer in a large skillet.  Gently add the meatballs; cover and simmer, turning the meatballs a few times, until cooked through, about 10 minutes.


  1. Cook the penne according to the package directions, omitting the salt if desired, and adding the kale during the last 1 minute of cooking; drain.


  1. Divide the pasta-kale mixture among 4 plates; top evenly with the meatballs and sauce.  Sprinkle with the remaining ¼ cup Parmesan.

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