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Classic Spaghetti and Meatballs

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Make it a Meal

Add these dishes to make a full meal:

Hearty Sausage Soup (Soupa de Parma)

Tuscan White Bean and Tuna Salad

Banana-Caramel Parfait

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A classic, made lighter by the addition of bread crumbs, rice and egg whites. Kids love it!

Preparation facts

Servings: 8

Yield: 16 cups (4L)


1 lb (455g) lean ground Beef, uncooked

1 cup (60g) bread crumbs

1/2 cup (100g) rice, white or brown, cooked (leftover rice works well)

2 egg whites

1/2 tsp (1g) oregano

1/2 tsp (3g) salt

1/2 tsp (2g) pepper, or more to taste

4 cups (1L) marinara sauce, (homemade or commercial)

1/2 cup (60g) Parmesan cheese, optional

1 lb (455g) spaghetti, uncooked


Combine ground beef, bread crumbs, rice and egg whites in a large bowl. Add oregano, salt, and pepper and mix well (using hands), until all ingredients are well blended. Form into 1-inch (2.5cm) balls.

Heat a nonstick skillet and spray with nonfat vegetable spray. Cook meatballs over medium heat, turning so that the meatballs are evenly brown on all sides. When meatballs are no longer pink on the inside, transfer them to a medium-sized saucepan.

Pour prepared or homemade marinara sauce over meatballs and cook over low heat for 20 minutes.

Cook spaghetti in boiling water until al dente. Drain, and transfer into a large serving platter.

Pour meatballs and sauce over pasta and serve piping hot. Garnish with Parmesan cheese if desired.

Nutrition facts

Serving Size 1 serving
Calories 324
Calories from Fat 119 (37%)
% Daily Value*
20%Total Fat 13g
20%Saturated Fat 4g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1.9g
Monounsaturated Fat 5.3g
13%Cholesterol 40mg
48%Sodium 1140mg
22%Potassium 760mg
9%Total Carbohydrate 28g
15%Dietary Fiber 3.6g
Sugars 11g
Sugar Alcohols 0g
45%Protein 23g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Nutrition facts are calculated by a food expert using nutritional values provided by the USDA for common products used as recipe ingredients. Actual nutritional values may differ depending on the amounts or products used and can be affected by cooking methods.
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