Mexican Pasta with Meatballs and Tomatillo Sauce

Hubby said I could make this again.  It has a nice tangy, smoky taste.

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Mexican Pasta with Tomatillo Sauce and Meatballs

2 c. Smart Taste penne

Meatballs

½ c. diced onion
1 lb 99% fat free ground turkey or chicken
1 egg
½ c. panko
2 TB fresh cilantro, finely chopped
2 TB finely chipped fresh thyme
Few dashes hot sauce
Fresh ground black pepper

 Sauce

1/3 c. onion
Smoked garlic powder
2 jalapenos, seeded and thinly sliced
1 c. Mexican beer (or broth)
10 tomatillos, diced
2 TB fresh chopped cilantro
Smoked salt, to taste
1 chipotle pepper, finely diced
1 tsp chili powder
Couple dashes smoked paprika

 Preheat oven to 400*. Bring pot of water to a boil for the pasta. Salt the water and cook pasta al dente.

Meanwhile, combine meatball ingredients and shape into 24-25 meatballs. Bake on jellyroll pan for 15 minutes.

Spray large skillet with cooking spray and add onion, garlic powder and jalapenos. Cook 5 minutes and add beer and cook 1 minute.  Add tomatillos, cilantro, salt, chipotle pepper, chili powder and paprika. Fold in pasta and meatballs.

Yield: 4 servings.

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