Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Scrumptious Skinny Spaghetti & Meatballs

**UPDATE: I made this last night and did my own sauce so I just updated that recipe**

Scrumptious Skinny Spaghetti & Meatballs

This recipe is from Lifetime's Cook Yourself Thin (if you want to be shocked and disgusted in to being skinny watch this show to see how many calories are in food we eat everyday!) and was really delish! The only additions I did was to the sauce it's self. There was actually enough meatballs left over for three more meals (3 balls per person) for us.

Serves 4
Calories per serving: 560

2 12-ounce to 14-ounce jars of your favorite marinara sauce
2 slices of your favorite sandwich bread
3/4 cup water
1/3 pound ground veal
1/3 pound ground pork
1/3 pound ground turkey
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese, plus more for serving
1 large egg
1/2 small onion, finely minced
1/3 cup chopped parsley
2 tablespoons chopped basil
1 teaspoon oregano
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
8 ounces whole-wheat spaghetti

1. Heat marinara sauce in a large, wide pot over medium heat. Cover to prevent splattering.

2. Remove crusts from bread, place bread in a medium bowl and pour water over. Let sit 10 minutes, and gently squeeze out excess liquid. Put bread in a large bowl; discard water.

3. Add all the ground meats, cheese, egg, onion, parsley, basil, oregano, salt and red pepper flakes to bowl with bread. Gently toss to combine, maintaining a light touch to keep air in the meatballs (don't squish the meat too much, or you'll end up with tough meatballs). Roll the meat mixture in your hands to create meatballs slightly larger than a golf ball.

4. Remove marinara sauce from heat to prevent splattering, and gently drop the meatballs in the warm sauce. Return tomato sauce to medium-low heat, bring to a simmer and cook, covered, until meatballs have cooked through, about 30 minutes.

5. Cook pasta according to package directions, toss with marinara sauce and top with meatballs.

Make your own marinara: Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil and saute 2 cloves minced garlic until lightly golden. Add 32 ounces of canned, peeled, crushed plum tomatoes and simmer for 10 minutes. Add meatballs and 2 tablespoons of torn fresh basil leaves, and season with 1 1/2 teaspoons salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Cook for 30 minutes

**My additions to the sauce are sauteed diced onion (saute with garlic and oil) garlic powder, bay leaf, oregano, and crushed red pepper flakes

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