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Spaghetti and Meatballs

Yield 8 servings (serving size: 3/4 cup pasta and 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons sauce)
Prep: 25 minutes; Cook: 25 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 (1.5-ounce) slice whole wheat bread
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1/2 small onion, cut into 3 wedges
  • 1/2 cup parsley leaves
  • 1 pound ground round
  • 2 (4-ounce) links sweet turkey Italian sausage, casings removed
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • Cooking spray
  • 12 ounces uncooked spaghetti
  • 2 (25.5-ounce) jars Italian herb pasta sauce (we tested with Muir Glen Organic)
  • Grated Parmesan cheese (optional)

Nutrition Information

  • calories 387
  • fat 7.9 g
  • satfat 2.4 g
  • protein 30.9 g
  • carbohydrate 49.7 g
  • fiber 2 g
  • cholesterol 82 mg
  • iron 5.1 mg
  • sodium 940 mg
  • calcium 117 mg

How to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 400°.

  2. Place bread in a food processor; pulse 10 times or until coarse crumbs measure 1/2 cup. Transfer to a bowl; set aside.

  3. Place garlic, onion, and parsley in processor; pulse 20 seconds or until chopped. Add breadcrumbs, ground round, and next 7 ingredients. Pulse 1 minute or until mixture is combined, stopping frequently to scrape down sides.

  4. Line a broiler pan with foil. Shape meat mixture into 48 (1 1/2-inch) balls. Place meatballs on broiler rack coated with cooking spray. Bake at 400° for 12 minutes or until meatballs are no longer pink in center.

  5. While meatballs cook, cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt and fat.

  6. Bring pasta sauce to a simmer in a large saucepan. Add meatballs, and simmer 10 minutes or until sauce reaches desired consistency. Serve over spaghetti. Serve with additional Parmesan cheese, if desired.

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