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chicken meatball and broccoli macaroni bowl

Recipe by
Amy H.
Detroit, MI

When I was first married in 1993, I came across a chicken cook book in the book store. It had a picture of a dish that looked like this on the cover. I remember thinking it looked so tasty and I wanted to make it, but I didn't have enough money for the fancy cook book. When I got home, I made up this recipe which is what I imagined would be in it based on what the picture looked like. I never did acquire that cook book and I can't even remember what it was called, but I've been making this dish ever since I first saw that picture on the cover!

yield 4 -6
prep time 5 Min
cook time 15 Min
method Stove Top

Ingredients For chicken meatball and broccoli macaroni bowl

  • 1 lb
    cooked chicken or turkey meatballs (storebought or your homemade)
  • 2 Tbsp
    olive oil
  • 4 clove
    minced garlic
  • 1 c
    chicken broth
  • 8 oz
    dry macaroni
  • 3 c
    fresh broccoli florets
  • 2 Tbsp
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 c
    grated parmesan for garnishing
  • 1/4 c
    fresh chopped parsley for garnishing

How To Make chicken meatball and broccoli macaroni bowl

  • 1
    Cook the macaroni according to package directions. Towards the end of cooking time on the pasta, add the broccoli florets to the pasta pot and cook about 3-5 minutes more. While the pasta is cooking, start heating the meatballs and garlic as follows.
  • 2
    Add the 2 tablespoons of oil to a deep, nonstick skillet over medium and cook the meatballs until browned. Add in the garlic and saute for 30 seconds or so.
  • 3
    Add the one cup of the chicken broth and bring to a simmer. Continue to simmer and allow to reduce while you while you finish preparing the pasta and broccoli.
  • 4
    Drain the macaroni and broccoli.
  • 5
    Turn off the heat and stir the macaroni mixture into the skillet of meatballs along with the butter and 1/2 cup of parmesan. Stir until well combined and cheese melts.
  • 6
    Season to taste with salt and pepper. Spoon into a bowl and garnish with more parmesan and fresh chopped parsley.