Chicken Meatballs and Spaghetti

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Chicken meatballs and spaghetti is a great alternative to beef or pork. Now, I love beef and pork, but I wanted to give my family something different. This is a recipe for a family of five, plus a little extra for leftovers.

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Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
45 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 5 mins
Servings:
8
Yield:
8 servings

Ingredients

Sauce:

  • 1 (16 ounce) can crushed tomatoes

  • 1 (8 ounce) can diced tomatoes

  • 3 (6 ounce) cans tomato paste

  • 2 ¼ cups water

  • 1 tablespoon dried basil

  • salt and pepper, to taste

Meatballs:

  • 2 pounds ground chicken

  • 1 cup dry bread crumbs

  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese

  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten

  • 2 tablespoons Italian seasoning

  • salt and pepper, to taste

  • cooking spray

  • 1 (16 ounce) package whole-wheat spaghetti

Directions

  1. Stir together the crushed tomatoes, diced tomatoes, tomato paste, water, and basil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Salt and pepper to taste. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, and simmer for 15 minutes while preparing meatballs.

  2. Mix together the ground chicken, bread crumbs, Parmesan cheese, eggs, Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper in a medium bowl. Roll into 1 inch balls. Heat a large skillet over medium heat, and coat with cooking spray. Brown the meatballs on all sides. Add meatballs to the simmering pasta sauce and cook until internal temperature of meatballs reaches a minimum of 160 degrees F (72 degrees C), about 30 minutes.

  3. Fill a large pot with lightly salted water, and bring to a rolling boil over high heat. Once the water is boiling, stir in the spaghetti, and return to a boil. Cook until the pasta has cooked through, but is still firm to the bite, about 12 minutes. Drain. Serve the meatballs and sauce over the cooked spaghetti.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

491 Calories
8g Fat
66g Carbs
42g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 491
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 8g 11%
Saturated Fat 3g 14%
Cholesterol 120mg 40%
Sodium 876mg 38%
Total Carbohydrate 66g 24%
Dietary Fiber 12g 41%
Total Sugars 11g
Protein 42g
Vitamin C 22mg 108%
Calcium 199mg 15%
Iron 7mg 40%
Potassium 1192mg 25%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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