I thought this meal was great! Unlike a few other reviewers, I thought the meatballs were plenty flavorful and I even read the recipe wrong and used all the garlic in the sauce so the only seasoning in there was salt. Also, this was the quickest meatball cooking method I've ever used. I doubled the recipe and have tons of leftovers that I'm so excited to eat. We will definitely keep this recipe in "the vault" from now on!
Spaghetti and Meatballs
You can't go wrong with this classic family favorite. We amp up jarred marinara with charred onion, garlic, and plum tomatoes.
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Total: 48 Minutes
- Calories: 476
- Fat: 16.8g
- Saturated fat: 6g
- Monounsaturated fat: 6.6g
- Polyunsaturated fat: 1.7g
- Protein: 31.2g
- Carbohydrate: 48.9g
- Fiber: 4.2g
- Cholesterol: 111mg
- Iron: 5mg
- Sodium: 621mg
- Calcium: 184mg
- 3/4 cup chopped onion
- 2 teaspoons canola oil
- 6 garlic cloves, divided
- 1 pound plum tomatoes, halved lengthwise
- 1 1/3 cups lower-sodium marinara sauce
- 1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
- 1/3 cup panko (Japanese breadcrumbs)
- 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
- 12 ounces ground sirloin (90% lean)
- 1 large egg
- Cooking spray
- 6 ounces uncooked spaghetti
- 1.5 ounces fresh Parmesan cheese, grated (about 6 tablespoons)
- 1. Preheat broiler to high.
- 2. Combine onion, oil, 3 garlic cloves, and tomatoes in a bowl; toss to coat vegetables. Arrange tomato mixture on a foil-lined baking sheet. Broil 10 minutes or until vegetables char slightly, stirring after 5 minutes. Spoon tomato mixture into the bowl of a food processor; pulse 6 times or until mixture is coarsely chopped. Combine tomato mixture, marinara, and 3/8 teaspoon salt in a medium saucepan; bring to a simmer.
- 3. Mince remaining 3 garlic cloves. Combine minced garlic, remaining 1/8 teaspoon salt, panko, red pepper, beef, and egg in a large bowl; mix gently just until combined. Working quickly with damp hands, gently shape beef mixture into 12 meatballs (do not pack). Arrange meatballs in a single layer on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray. Broil 6 inches from heat for 6 minutes, turning meatballs once. Remove pan from oven. Add meatballs to tomato mixture; simmer 4 minutes or until meatballs are done.
- 4. Cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt and fat. Serve meatballs and sauce over pasta; sprinkle with cheese.
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