Spaghetti and Meatballs

Randy Mayor

Yield:

8 servings (serving size: 1 cup spaghetti, about 1/2 cup sauce, 4 meatballs, and 1 tablespoon cheese)

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Nutritional Information

Calories 291
Caloriesfromfat 25 %
Fat 8 g
Satfat 3.2 g
Monofat 2.5 g
Polyfat 1.3 g
Protein 24.3 g
Carbohydrate 32.2 g
Fiber 4.1 g
Cholesterol 76 mg
Iron 7.4 mg
Sodium 873 mg
Calcium 163 mg

Ingredients

Sauce:
Cooking spray
1 cup finely chopped onion
3 garlic cloves, minced
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 (14-ounce) can less-sodium beef broth
2 (28-ounce) cans whole peeled tomatoes, undrained and chopped
Meatballs:
1 (1-ounce) slice white bread
2 (4-ounce) links sweet turkey Italian sausage, casings removed
1/2 cup finely chopped onion
1/3 cup chopped fresh basil
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
2 tablespoons egg substitute
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 large egg
1 pound ground sirloin
Remaining ingredients:
1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley
1/3 cup chopped fresh basil
1 pound hot cooked spaghetti
1/2 cup (2 ounces) grated fresh Parmigiano-Reggiano
Fresh parsley sprigs (optional)

Preparation

To prepare sauce, heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add 1 cup onion; sauté for 3 minutes. Add 3 garlic cloves, and sauté 1 minute. Add tomato paste; cook 1 minute. Stir in 1/4 teaspoon salt and broth. Cook 4 minutes. Stir in the tomatoes. Reduce heat, and simmer 45 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Preheat broiler.

To prepare meatballs, place bread in a food processor, and process until fine crumbs measure 1/2 cup. Combine the breadcrumbs, sausage, 1/2 cup onion, and next 8 ingredients (through sirloin) in a bowl. With wet hands, shape sirloin mixture into 32 meatballs. Place meatballs on a broiler pan. Broil 15 minutes or until done. Add meatballs to sauce; simmer 15 minutes. Sprinkle with 1/2 cup parsley and 1/3 cup basil. Serve over spaghetti. Sprinkle with cheese; garnish with parsley sprigs, if desired.

Wine note: Spaghetti and Meatballs is terrific with red or white wine as long as the wine has good acidity to mirror that of the tomatoes and act as a counterpoint to the meatballs. Because our recipe has fresh herbs, I prefer white wine with the dish--in particular, an herbal dry white from southern Italy such as Feudi di San Gregorio Greco di Tufo 2004 ($22). -Karen MacNeil

Note:

Julianna Grimes Bottcher,

September 2006