Cheesy Chicken balls and macaroni bake

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Ingredients:-

  1. Macaroni  – 1.5 cup
  2. Olive oil – 3 tbsps.
  3. Garlic – 2 big cloves; minced
  4. Onion – 1 medium; finely chopped
  5. Carrot – 1/2 cup; finely chopped
  6. Celery – 1/4 cup, chopped
  7. Oregano – 1/4 tsp.
  8. Readymade pasta sauce (I used Leggos) – 300 grams
  9. Water – 1 cup
  10. Fresh basil – 1/4 cup

For the chicken balls:-

  1. Chicken mince – 250 grams
  2. Salt – 1 tsp.
  3. Onion powder – 3/4 tsp.
  4. Garlic powder – 1/4 tsp.
  5. Paprika powder – 3/4 tsp.
  6. Pepper powder – 1/2 tsp.
  7. Oregano – 1/2 tsp.
  8. Fresh parsley – 1/4 cup
  9. Garlic cloves – 2 big (crushed)
  10. Crushed onion – 2 tbsps.
  11. Parmesan cheese – 1 heaping tbsp.
  12. Beaten egg – half of a medium
  13. Fresh bread – 2 small slices (churned in the mixer to get fresh bread crumbs)

For topping:-

  1. Grated cheddar cheese – 1/2 – 3/4 cup
  2. Butter cubes – 1 tbsp.

Method:-

  1. Cook the pasta in salted water for 10 minutes or till Al Dante. Drain all the water from the  pasta and keep aside.
  2. Mix together all the ingredients for the chicken balls (ingredients from 1-13 written under “for the chicken balls” ) & make small balls from the mixture. Heat 2 tbsps. of olive oil in a skillet. When the oil becomes really hot, reduce heat to minimum and shallow fry the chicken balls till they turn brown in colour. Remove the balls from oil & keep them aside.
  3. To the same pan, add the garlic cloves and chopped onion. Fry till the onion turns translucent. Add carrot and celery and cook for 5 minutes more. Add oregano, pasta sauce, water, salt (if needed) and bring the mixture to a rolling boil. Slide in the chicken balls and cook on very low heat for 45 minutes. Add fresh basil , prepared pasta and cook for 2 minutes more. Switch off heat.
  4. Transfer the pasta-chicken ball mixture to an oven proof dish.
  5. Sprinkle grated cheddar cheese and put the butter cubes here and there. Cover the dish with a foil.
  6. Bake at 180C for 15 minutes.
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