Spicy wholegrain spaghetti with chicken meatballs

This time, no traditional pasta dish but a spicy variant. One with chicken meat and blazing hot peppers. Are you on fire already? Good. Moreover, it is healthy too.

I wanted something different than a traditional pasta dish for a change. No macaroni with bacon or spaghetti Bolognese for me, I don’t eat beef or pork. Organic chicken, however, I do eat. And why not try something more spicy? I’m thinking red peppers, chili peppers and harissa, a North-African hot sauce made from peppers, tomatoes, garlic, coriander and cumin.

What’s more, eating chillies is good for one’s health. Researchers at the University of Vermont showed that people who eat chili peppers, live longer. This is due to capsaicin, or the substance that gives red peppers their hot taste. Capsaicin is an effective painkiller and is also used in treating arthritis. From now on, this is on the menu at least once a week. 🙂 Here’s the recipe: 

Ingredients

2 cans of organic peeled tomatoes – 2 cloves of garlic – one package of white mushrooms (250g) – 1 large onion – 1 organic chicken sausage (100 percent pure chicken) – organic extra virgin olive oil – harissa paste – 2 red sweet pointed peppers – 1 chilli pepper – wholegrain spaghetti

Mind you, some butchers mix minced chicken with pork. So, do check before purchase.

Preparation
  1. Roll the meat of the sausage into small balls and fry for about four minutes in olive oil until browned beautifully and set aside.
  2. Cook in the same pan the finely chopped onion. Add the also finely chopped cloves of garlic as well as the chilli pepper and the red sweet pointed peppers, and stir.
  3. Now add a tablespoon of harissa paste. 
  4. Add the peeled tomatoes. Then let it boil while stirring. Also crush the tomatoes with a wooden spoon or a spatula. (for about ten minutes)
  5. Turn down the heat and add the (raw) mushrooms and the chicken meatballs. Meanwhile, cook the wholegrain spaghetti.

Enjoy your meal! 

 

Bieke De Clercq

Hallo! Ik ben Bieke De Clercq, freelance schrijver, stilist én auteur van LifeStyleTalks. Heb je een vraag? Vul het contactformulier in of stuur een e-mail. Have fun exploring LifeStyleTalks!

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