Spaghetti and Meatballs

by Anne Bennett on June 22, 2009

spaghetti-meatballs1I know it’s summer, but I am frequently asked for a healthy recipe for classic spaghetti and meatballs.  This is adapted from the Weight Watcher cookbook, “Quick Italian Favorites”. It is fabulous! I think it’s the turkey sausage in the meatballs that gives it such rich flavor. Don’t pass this one up.  You’ll be amazed. To give it a touch of summer freshness, I added chopped fresh basil. And always, freshly grated Parmesan cheese.

1 slice whole wheat bread
1 garlic clove, minced
1/2 small onion, finely chopped
1/2 cup parsley leaves, finely chopped
1 pound ground turkey (93% lean, such as Honeysuckle White )
2 (4 oz.) links turkey Italian sausage, (same brand) casings removed
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
1/4 cup reduced sodium chicken broth
1 large egg
1/2 t. salt
1/2 t. pepper
1/4 t. crushed red pepper flakes
12 oz. spaghetti (I use Ronzoni Healthy Harvest)
2 (24 oz.) jars pasta sauce  (I like Bertolli’s Tomato Basil sauce)
Grated Parmesan cheese

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

2. Place bread in food processor and process into crumbs. Transfer to a bowl and add garlic, onion and parsley. Toss together and add ground turkey, sausage, Parmesan, chicken broth, egg, salt, pepper and crushed red pepper. Mix well.

3. Form into 48 meatballs (each about 1 1/2 in.) and place on foil-lined baking sheet sprayed with nonstick spray. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until no longer pink.

4. Meanwhile, cook pasta in boiling salted water and drain.

5. Bring pasta sauce to a simmer in a large saucepan. Add meatballs and simmer gently for about 10 minutes. Serve with pasta and Parmesan cheese.

Serves: 8 (each serving equals 3/4 cup pasta and a generous one cup sauce)

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Linda Kautzi June 24, 2009 at 12:41 pm

Anne, your website is beautifully done and the articles are positive and helpful. Thanks for your encouragement at meeting today. Looking forward to trying this recipe. Lin

Renee June 26, 2009 at 6:04 pm

I’m still laughing about Isabelle eating the meatballs and sauce. Please don’t hit me, I’m blind! 🙂

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