Saturday, March 10, 2012

Spaghetti & Meatballs


    6 portions of lean ground turkey (about 1 1/2 lbs)
    2 egg whites
    1/2 cup dry breadcrumbs
    1/2 cup water
    1/2 onion, finely chopped
    2 cloves garlic, minced
    1/4 cup fresh parsley, minced
    2 tsp dried basil
    1 tsp ground black pepper
    3 cups low-fat marinara pasta sauce
    6 portions spaghetti (about 12 oz uncooked)
    1/4 cup reduced fat parmesan cheese


preheat broiler
mix turkey, egg white, breadcrumbs, water, onion, garlic, parsley, basil and black pepper. mix thoroughly and then shape into 1 1/2 inch meatballs.
arrange on baking sheet and place under brouler for 10 to 12 minutes, turning occassionally until they are browned on all sides.
in a large saucepan, combine pasta sauce and cooked meatballs. Simmer over low heat until warmed thoroughly, about 20 minutes.
while the pasta sauce is simmering prepare spaghetti according to its package directions

This is a Body for Life recipe and actually the best spaghetti I've ever had. I usually use ground beef instead of the ground turkey. Also the longer you simmer the sauce the better it tastes. I try to simmer my spaghetti sauce for t least a couple hours. I buy my spaghetti sauce and my favorites are Safeway Select brand or Trader Giotto's Bolognese from Trader Joe's. Also I have found that if you eat wheat noodles, the thin spaghetti noodles are the best.