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Healthy Spaghetti and Meatballs


Another great classic done on the light side :).

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  • Sauce
  • 1 bottle marinara no more than 50 calories per 1/2 cup (reserve 1/2 cup for meatballs)
  • Meatballs
  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 1/4 cup 100% whole-wheat flour
  • 3/4 cup seasoned whole wheat bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped broccoli
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup marinara sauce (reserved from the sauce)
  • 3 egg whites
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp finely chopped parsley
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • Spaghetti
  • 1 lb 100% whole-wheat spaghetti
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese, for serving


Servings 8
Preparation time 10mins
Cooking time 40mins
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Step 1

In a large mixing bowl, combine all the meatball ingredients and kneed well. Use a mini ice-cream scooper or your hands to make 14 to 18 meatballs. If you're using your hands to make the meatballs, you might want to have cold water nearby or spray your hands with a little cooking spray. Spray a 14-inch pan with cooking spray, heat the pan and brown the meatballs on all sides. Transfer the browned meatballs to the pot with the sauce.

While the meatballs simmer, cook the spaghetti according to package directions. Drain and divide among 8 plates.

Top the spaghetti with equal portions of meatballs and sauce. Sprinkle each portion with 1 tbsp of Parmesan.

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