Mushroom and chicken meatballs with marrow pasta

This is a very clever way to sneak veggies onto your children’s plates. Disguise the marrow pasta with some extra sauce from the mushroom and chicken meatballs.

*Serves 4


  • 10ml olive oil
  • 350g button mushrooms, finely chopped
  • 2 skinless and boneless chicken breasts
  • 1 handful chives, finely chopped
  • 125ml dried bread crumbs
  • 1 egg
  • 1 red onion, finely chopped
  • 2ml salt
  • 2ml pepper
  • 4-6 baby marrows
  • Micro herbs to serve
  • Sweet chilli sauce to serve
  • ½ punnet baby button mushrooms, halved and sautéed to serve


  1. Heat the olive oil and sauté the mushrooms until golden and set aside.
  2. Use a large chef’s knife and finely chop the chicken until it resembles a very rough mince consistency.
  3. Transfer the mushrooms into a bowl and add the chicken, chives, bread crumbs, egg and red onion. Season with salt and pepper. Mix together well and form the meat balls to your preferred size. Place the meatballs onto a baking tray and brush with a little olive oil and bake in a preheated oven of 180°C for 10 to 12 minutes, depending on size.
  4. Make the marrow pasta by finely slicing the marrows length ways either using a sharp knife or mandolin slicer, then slice them again to form long thin strips of marrow. Try to avoid the centre where the seeds are. Place the marrow into a pot of simmering salted water and allow to simmer for just over a minute or until the marrow is tender. Immediately pour off the hot water and run cool water over the marrow. Just before serving, pour off the cool water and heat it up in the pot.
  5. To serve, place the heated marrow onto the serving plates, top with the meatballs and serve with micro leaves, sweet chilli sauce and the halved baby mushrooms.

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