Chicken meatballs, rocket pesto and tagliatelle

Serves  4
Preparation   15 mins
Cooking   15 mins
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  • 500g Lilydale Free Range Chicken Mince
  • ½ red onion, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons basil leaves, finely chopped + extra leaves to garnish
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 50g (¼ cup) pine nuts, toasted
  • 80g baby rocket leaves
  • 40g (½ cup) parmesan, finely grated + extra, shaved, to serve Zest and juice of 1 lemon
  • 125ml (½ cup) olive oil
  • 400g tagliatelle pasta
  • Mixed salad leaves, to serve


  1. Combine chicken mince, onion and basil in a large bowl. Season and roll tablespoons into balls. Repeat to make 20 balls.
  2. For pesto - In a food processor place the garlic, pine nuts, rocket, parmesan, lemon zest and juice. Season and process until a paste forms. With the motor running, gradually add olive oil until combined.
  3. Spray a large non-stick frying pan with oil. Heat to medium and cook meatballs for 4 to 5 minutes or until browned and cooked through. Set aside on a plate loosely covered with foil
  4. Meanwhile, bring a large saucepan of salted water to the boil. Add the tagliatelle and cook according to packet instructions. Drain and place in a large bowl. Add meatballs and pesto and toss to combine well.
  5. Top pasta with basil leaves and extra parmesan. Serve with mixed salad leaves.

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