Classic Italian Spaghetti and Meatballs



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 1/2 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan cheese
pinch freshly grated nutmeg
1 pinch salt
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

Nutrition Information

Number of Servings: 4
29 g
Total Carbohydrate
55 g
Dietary Fiber
3 g
Soluble Fiber
0 g
3 g
Total Fat
14 g
Saturated Fat
4 g
Monounsaturated Fat
6 g
Polyunsaturated Fat
2 g
Trans Fatty Acid (tfa)
0 g
56 mg
Omega-3 Fatty Acid
0 g
Omega-6 Fatty Acid
1 g
Percent Calories from Protein
48 %
Percent Calories from Carbohydrate
25 %
Percent Calories from Fat
27 %
Vitamin A
82 IU
Vitamin B1- Thiamin
1 mg
Vitamin B2 - Riboflavin
0 mg
Vitamin B3 - Niacin
7 mg
Vitamin B6
0 mg
Vitamin B12
2 mcg
Vitamin C
10 mg
Vitamin D
0 IU
148 mcg
Vitamin E
2 IU
Pantothenic Acid
1 mg
109 mg
5 mg
249 mg
597 mg
414 mg
3 mg