“Chicken Parmesan” Meatballs with Penne, Some Saucy Love in a Bowl to Soothe the Jolted Soul

Chicken Parmesan Meatballs | thecozyapron.com

This just so happens to be one of those weeks when a warm bowl of saucy comfort food plays the role of soothing salve, not just for the belly, but for the soul, as well.

A lot has been swirling and swishing around, and it’s left me feeling a bit like I’ve been going through a bumpy and sloshy wash cycle that’s tossing me around a bit before it’s ready to spit me out all sparkly and clean, and ready for a warm fluffing in the dryer.

Life has a way of giving us a jolt sometimes, doesn’t it?

It has a way of shaking us up a little, of waking us up to things in order to make us more aware of what is important and what we do have to be grateful for.

It has a wonderful way of instantly making things seem crisper and clearer, and a way of helping us to weed out what is not needed, or to think twice about how we’ve been approaching things.

Chicken Parmesan Meatballs | thecozyapron.com

Chicken Parmesan Meatballs | thecozyapron.com

The hiccups, or little bumps in the road of life, can create the opportunity to evaluate where we put our priorities, and in turn, to see if those priorities need to be adjusted in some way.

And all of this is what makes the little “earthquakes” in life meaning and useful, rather than seemingly destructive or challenging solely for the sake of being destructive or challenging.

Chicken Parmesan Meatballs | thecozyapron.com

Chicken Parmesan Meatballs | thecozyapron.com

It’s easy to be driving along, attention firmly fixed on getting to wherever it is that we’re trying to get to—our destination—until without any warning, another car pulls out in front of our’s and the two worlds collide.

Then, suddenly, our attention is shifted to putting the pieces back together again—to our present time— and to creating wholeness and healing, if the impact was strong enough to cause some damage.

And sometimes, the impact needs to be that strong, unfortunately.

It’s the only way to get us more conscious in the moment, and asking for mercy and guidance.

It may also be the best way to help us to see the little miracles that surround us, that only become apparent when we get quiet and make the request of our Creator for help.

Chicken Parmesan Meatballs | thecozyapron.com

Chicken Parmesan Meatballs | thecozyapron.com

So as this slightly jarring week, complete with its little bumps and thumps, evolves into a week of healing and wholeness—a week of witnessing mercy, miracles and guidance, may it contain comforting bowls of saucy, pasta love to help sooth not only the belly, but a jolted soul, as well.

And may clarity, awareness, and gratitude for the little miracles that surround us be experienced to give more meaning to life, and deeper flavor to our faith.

Taste what’s good and pass it on.


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  • Thalia @ butter and brioche September 2, 2014, 1:59 pm

    I have never made meatballs before.. you definitely have inspired me to recreate the recipe. These look delicious!

  • Liz September 5, 2014, 3:58 pm

    Nice recipe. Thanks so much. Have a great weekend!

  • Becky September 11, 2014, 7:02 am

    I made these last night and they were delicious! Thanks so much for the Recipe, and all of your insights and ways to treat ourselves and our families with love and thankfulness. :-)

  • The Cozy Apron September 11, 2014, 8:00 am

    Hi Becky! Let me just tell you that your comment has made my morning! I will take that with me today—thank you! I’m so happy that your enjoyed these, and I appreciate you taking a moment to share your experience with me.

  • Janet October 5, 2014, 4:36 am

    Do you turn meatballs when under low Broil for 10 minutes? Or just broil one side?

    • The Cozy Apron October 5, 2014, 9:26 am

      Hi Janet! Great question; no, don’t turn them. Just the one side! Easy-peasy. Please enjoy!

  • Rajni February 20, 2015, 5:54 pm

    Thanks for the recipe Ingrid.

    I wasn’t born in North America, but I am always interested in exploring new foods. I have tried meatballs around 7 times before, and each time it turned out hard. But following your recipe everyone in my family told me that it was the best meatballs they had.

    Thanks again Ingrid.

    • The Cozy Apron February 21, 2015, 8:31 am

      Hi Rajni! Wow, I’m thrilled to read that these turned out for you, and that your family enjoyed this recipe! It’s tough (no pun intended) to continue to try to prepare a food that has not turned out well in the past, but how wonderful when you’re persistent and find one that finally works! And I’m honored that it was my recipe. Thanks so much for sharing experience!

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