Recipe Summary

Prep time: 20 mins
Cook time: 45 mins
Yield: 4 servings

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This recipe is...

  • low in fat
  • rich in protein
  • lower in carbs
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Classic Italian Spaghetti and Meatballs

This recipe serves: 
1/2 slice white bread, crust removed
2 1/2 tablespoons low-fat milk
1/2 pound lean ground beef sirloin
1/2 tablespoon finely chopped onion
1/2 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
1/2 beaten egg
1 1/2 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan cheese
pinch freshly grated nutmeg
1 pinch salt
freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup dry, unseasoned bread crumbs
1 tablespoon vegetable oil, or as needed
1/2 cup canned Italian tomatoes, cut up, with their juice
1 cup tomato sauce
1/2 pound spaghetti
Cooking Instructions
1. Place the bread in a heatproof bowl. Heat the milk in the microwave and pour it over the bread. Mash the bread with a fork and let cool.

2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the ground beef, onion, parsley, egg, Parmesan cheese, nutmeg, salt, pepper and bread mixture. Mix everything gently (so that it does not compact) and thoroughly.

3. Gently shape the mixture into small round balls about 1 inch in diameter. Roll the meatballs in the bread crumbs.

4. Heat the oil over medium-high heat in a skillet large enough to accomodate all of the meatballs in a single layer. Carefully add the meatballs to the skillet and brown them on all sides.

5. Drain any excess fat from the pan. Turn the heat to medium and add the Italian tomatoes and a pinch of salt. Turn the meatballs to be sure that they are not sticking to the bottom of the skillet. Cover the skillet and cook until the tomatoes have thickened, about 25 minutes.

6. Add the tomato sauce to the skillet and heat with the meatballs.

7. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the spaghetti and cook until it is al dente, about 10 minutes. Drain and toss the spaghetti with the sauce and meatballs. Place the spaghetti in a large warm serving platter and arrange the meatballs on top. Serve immediately.

Serving Size: 3 meatballs with spaghetti and sauce

Nutritional Information

Number of Servings: 4

Per Serving

  • Calories
  • 459
  • Carbohydrate
  • 55 g
  • Fat
  • 14 g
  • Fiber
  • 3 g
  • Protein
  • 29 g
  • Saturated Fat
  • 4 g
  • Sodium
  • 414 mg