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Healthier Italian Spaghetti Sauce with Meatballs

Rated as 4.27 out of 5 Stars
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"We added carrot and fresh garlic to this spaghetti sauce, and even made the meatballs healthier by using whole wheat breadcrumbs and fresh parsley. We suggest serving over the whole grain pasta of your choice."
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Ingredients

2 h 20 m servings 374
Original recipe yields 6 servings

Directions

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  1. Combine ground beef, bread crumbs, parsley, Parmesan, 1/4 teaspoon black pepper, 1 clove garlic, and beaten egg in a large bowl. Mix well and form into 12 balls. Store covered in refrigerator until needed.
  2. Cook and stir onion, 5 cloves garlic, and olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat until onions are translucent, 5 to 7 minutes. Stir in tomatoes, salt, sugar, and bay leaf. Cover with lid, reduce heat to low, and simmer for 60 minutes. Stir in tomato paste, 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper, basil, and meatballs. Simmer on low heat until meatballs are cooked through, about 30 minutes.

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Nutrition Facts


Per Serving: 374 calories; 20.7 29.1 21.5 81 1552 Full nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Pretty tasty but I have to say I did not use 1/4 Cup olive oil. Even though it is a good for you fat, it still packs a punch in calories.

Most helpful critical review

This recipe is terrible. The meat balls don't hold together in the sauce. After an hour and a half of cooking there is not any sauce left . I needed a lot of modification to make it possible

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Pretty tasty but I have to say I did not use 1/4 Cup olive oil. Even though it is a good for you fat, it still packs a punch in calories.

This is a very fresh tasting sauce and the meatballs are good. Before adding the meatballs, crush any whole tomatoes that have not broken down.

I made the recipe as instructed except used one and a half teaspoon salt and one half teaspoon sugar. I used 90% lean beef for the meatballs and doubled the meatballs recipe. When I tried to rol...

Made this for VBS, we were leaning on trying to make healthier dinners for the children. This was a big hit! I mean BIG. they loved it. They had no idea that I served it with veggie spaghetti. t...

fab recipe my 3 year old and her friends cleaned there plates! recommend highly x

Simply and delicious. Certainly a "go-to" recipe from now on.

This recipe is terrible. The meat balls don't hold together in the sauce. After an hour and a half of cooking there is not any sauce left . I needed a lot of modification to make it possible

The only thing I did different with this recipe is I didn't have plain breadcrumbs so I used Italian breadcrumbs. I have tried & failed several times in the past to make meatballs that pass the...

Made this for my roommates and had rave reviews! The only thing I did differently was to add about 1/2 as much tomato paste as I prefer a thinner sauce.