Chicken Meatballs with Homemade Spinach Alfredo Sauce is a hearty and rich meal your whole family will love!  The homemade sauce is deliciously creamy and is paired with crispy, salty bacon, tender, cooked spinach, and flavorful chicken meatballs.  The chicken absorbs some of the sauce and flavors while simmering making them super moist.  It’s a savory dish you won’t want to miss out on trying!

The recipe can be found here.

Start by making the meatballs.  Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Combine the breadcrumbs and milk in a large bowl and set aside.  Add the onion, garlic, parsley, and sun-dried tomatoes to the bowl of a food processor.  Pulse until finely chopped then add to the bowl with the milk/breadcrumb mixture.  Also add the egg, ricotta cheese, parmesan cheese, Italian seasoning, and salt.  Mix to combine all ingredients.

Add the chicken and mix until just combined – do not overmix.  Use a cookie scoop to scoop the mixture into balls and place on the prepared baking sheet.  You should have enough mixture for 18-20 meatballs.  Spritz the top with cooking spray and bake for 18-20 minutes or until cooked through and an internal temperature of 165 degrees F is reached.  Remove from the oven and set aside.

While the meatballs are baking, cook the bacon according to package instructions.  Remove to a paper towel lined plate to drain the excess grease and chop once cool enough to touch.  Set aside.

Next, prepare the sauce.  Use the same pan you used to cook the bacon – keep the grease!  It adds flavor!  Melt butter over medium heat then add the garlic and cook for about 30 seconds or until fragrant.  Add the heavy cream, salt, and pepper, and stir to combine.  Bring to a simmer and let simmer for about 2 minutes.  Then, reduce the heat to low and add the parmesan cheese.  Whisk to combine and continue to heat until completely melted.

Add the spinach and cook until wilted, stirring occasionally.

Add the meatballs to the sauce and let the meatballs warm through and absorb some of the sauce for about 2-3 minutes.  Add the bacon just before removing from the heat.  Place the meatballs on a plate and drizzle with some of the sauce to serve.  Garnish with fresh parsley and enjoy!

The recipe can be found here.

The meatballs have a mild flavor, so they work well on their own (obviously with the sauce) but also work well with other pairings such as pasta, steamed vegetables, rice, or mashed potatoes.  Be creative and use the meatballs in multiple dishes.  You can also make the meatballs ahead of time, cool, and refrigerate until ready to serve.  Pop in the oven to warm up then add to the sauce to complete the recipe.  Or you can freeze the meatballs to use at a later date.  They hold up well and taste great, simply make sure to completely thaw before cooking.

Happy Cooking!

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