Skinny Italian Spinach Meatballs (WW 5pts)
We're big meatball fans here, I made these with ground turkey and were so yummy!
- Tomato Sauce:
- 1 lb lean ground turkey
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 10 oz fresh chopped spinach
- 1/2 bread crumbs
- 1 large egg
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 2 tbsp fresh parsley
- 1/2 cup Pecorino Romano cheese (or your favorite Parmesan Cheese)
- salt and pepper
- 1 tsp olive oil
- 3 cloves smashed garlic
- 28 oz can Tuttorosso crushed tomatoes (my favorite)
- 1/2 onion (don't chop)
- salt and pepper
Preparation time 20mins
Cooking time 60mins
Adapted from mom2mycrazy2.blogspot.com
Add to large bowl and combine with turkey, chopped spinach, egg, garlic, parsley, grated cheese, salt and pepper. Mix all ingredients well until thoroughly combined. Using a 1/4 cup measuring cup, measure meat, then divide in two so that each meatball is 1/8th of a cup. Roll into little meatballs.
In a large pot, add olive oil and heat on medium. When hot add smashed garlic. When garlic is golden brown, add tomatoes, onion, salt and pepper and cover, reduce heat to low.
Meanwhile, in a large nonstick skillet, add 1 tbsp olive oil on low heat. When oil is hot add as many meatballs that will fit, cook on low, turning often so that all side get browned. Cook until the centers are cooked through. When finished, place on a dish lined with paper towels to blot any excess oil. Drop meatballs into sauce and continue cooking the remaining meatballs, repeating the process. When all meatballs are in the sauce, simmer for an additional 15-20 minutes. Discard onion and serve.
*I sauteed the spinach with the garlic & olive oil and then chopped up and added to the meatball ingredients. I then added the sauce with out the oven and threw it in the oven 400 degree for 40 min.