Healthy Bison Meatball Pasta
Today is a beautiful crisp November day in Vancouver! I finished up at the gym this morning and was craving some sort of pasta.
I stopped by the store on my way home and picked up some lean ground bison, tomatoes, and kale. I’m thinking something light and lean. I went for the bison because it is very lean meat. Figured kale and tomatoes are a good mix of healthy and tasty. Still don’t really know what to make with these yet. On the rest of the walk home I figure I would make some really quick bison meatballs on some capalini pasta.
For the bison balls I add a just a few cloves of minced garlic, salt and pepper, a splash of soy sauce and a about a tablespoon of Italian parsley. I quickly mix it all together. Not too much though, just enough to come together. That way the meat balls will stay tender. If you have never rolled meatballs before, its super simple. I take about two tablespoons of meat and quickly toss it back in forward in my fingertips to form a ball. I don’t like the ball rolling technique; I feel they come out tougher. Once all your balls have been rolled, place them on a sheet pan and into the oven for 10 minutes at 350F. I like to under cook Bison to keep as much moisture as possible.
While the Meatballs are in the oven put a pot of water on to boil. Now prep and cook the rest of the pasta. I used 1 bunch of black kale, 2 tomatoes, about 8 cloves of garlic, any herbs you have and a tablespoon of fresh-diced red chili.
By now the water should be boiling, add about 200g of capaline pasta. (Roughly 100g per person) capalini cooks really fast because it’s so thin, about 3 minutes. While the pasta is cooking get a pan really hot and add a few tablespoons of olive oil. Once it starts to shimmer add the garlic and chili, sauté for 1 minute. Then add the tomatoes, kale and about ½ cup of white wine. Stir until the tomatoes and kale are wilted. By this time the meatballs should be ready, add them to the veggies. Your pasta is ready now too so add them directly from the water to the pan. The excess pasta water will help moisten and thicken the sauce. Mix it all together and BOOM its ready. You can be fancy and scatter the herbs on top and a few grates of good Parmesan cheese.
Super easy, super tasty, and super healthy. Enjoy 🙂
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¾ lb lean ground bison
2 gloves garlic – minced
Splash of soy sauce
1 tsp kosher salt
1 tsp black pepper
1 tbs Italian parsley – minced
1 bunch black kale – sliced and ribs removed
2 large tomatoes – large dice
8 cloves garlic – minced
1 tbs fresh Thai red chili – minced with seeds
½ cup dry white wine
4 tbs olive oil
1 tbs kosher salt
1 ½ tbs black pepper