Deluxe Mac and Cheese with Ground Chicken Meatballs

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How to make: Deluxe Mac & Cheese with Ground Chicken Meatballs
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Mac and cheese with meatballs is the ultimate comfort food dish. Guaranteed to be a hit with both kids and adults alike.
Serves: 6

Ingredients

Meatballs

1/2 cup dry seasoned bread crumbs
1 small onion, grated
1 egg, beaten
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
2 tbsp finely chopped chives
1 tbsp Dijon mustard
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1/2 tsp each salt and pepper
1 lb ground chicken

Mac and Cheese

1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
4 cups whole milk
2 tbsp Dijon mustard
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 tsp each salt and pepper
2 cups shredded aged Cheddar cheese
2 cups shredded Gruyère cheese
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
12 oz elbow macaroni or other short cut noodles, cooked and drained

Food Safety

Before you start, wash all surfaces and your hands with soap and warm water, and remember to wash your hands, utensils and cutting boards after they touch raw meat or eggs. Avoid cross-contamination by using a different cutting board for your meat and other ingredients. Make sure you’re cooking to safe temperatures and chilling any leftovers within two hours. For more food safety tips, visit our Food Safety at Home Section.

Steps

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C). In large bowl, stir together bread crumbs, onion, egg, parsley, chives, mustard, garlic, Worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper until well combined. Crumble in ground chicken; mix gently to combine.

  2. Roll into 18 meatballs; arrange on greased foil-lined baking sheet. Lightly coat meatballs with nonstick cooking spray. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until golden brown and cooked through.

  3. Meanwhile, melt butter in large saucepan set over medium heat; sprinkle flour over top. Cook, stirring constantly, for about 2 minutes or until lightly browned. Slowly whisk in some of the milk until smooth. Add remaining milk, along with mustard, garlic, salt and pepper. Bring to simmer; cook for about 5 minutes or until thickened.

  4. Remove from heat. Whisk in Cheddar, Gruyère and Parmesan, a handful at a time, until melted and well combined. Stir in pasta. Serve immediately with meatballs.

Helpful Tip

Tip: Use damp hands to avoid the raw chicken mixture from sticking when rolling into meatballs.

Nutrition Info

Per 410g serving Amount
Calories870
Protein48 g
Fat44 g
Saturated Fat24 g
Carbohydrate70 g
Fibre3 g
Sugar11 g
Cholesterol180 mg
Sodium1210 mg
Per 410g serving % Daily Value
Potassium20
Calcium80
Iron35
Vitamin A35
Vitamin C10
Vitamin B615
Folate100
Zinc45