Easy, Healthy Spaghetti & Meatballs

AuthorAnn Gaffney
RatingDifficultyBeginner

Easy, healthy spaghetti and meatballs is simply delicious. Made with turkey and chicken instead of the usual beef, the meatballs are lower in saturated fat, and have a yummy Mediterranean vibe thanks to the spices used to flavor them. They are simply delicious with tomato sauce, whether over pasta as here, or on their own. The trick is to make them just big enough for a small toothsome mouthful. Yum!

Healthy Spaghetti & Meatballs
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Yields6 Servings
Prep Time30 minsCook Time30 minsTotal Time1 hr
 2 medium shallots, minced
 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
 ¼ cup scissored chives ( see note)
 1 large egg
 ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  teaspoon ground cloves
 freshly ground white pepper to taste
 ½ lb ground turkey
 ½ lb ground chicken breast
 ¼ cup almond flour
 ¾ cup wholewheat breadcrumbs
 ¾ lb whole wheat spaghetti
 sea salt
 A little flour for rolling the meatballs (optional)
 2 cups ‘Easy Tomato Sauce’ (see post below)
 1 sprig basil, leaves stripped and julienned
Method:
1

Bring a large pasta pot full of water to a boil. Salt to taste. Cover and turn the flame down to low.

2

Meanwhile, heat 1 tablespoon of the oil over a medium high flame in a heavy skillet. Add the shallots and sprinkle with a little salt. Cook until they are just starting to caramelize, about 5 minutes. Add the scissored chives. cook 30 seconds. Turn off the heat and set aside.

3

Meanwhile in a large bowl beat the egg together with the ground cinnamon and cloves, white pepper and a generous pinch of salt. Tip in the warm shallots and chives along with any oil in the pan and beat in.

4

Tip the ground turkey and chicken into the egg mixture. With a spatula, mix and smush together until well blended. Add in the almond flour, and mix in, then add the breadcrumbs a handful at a time until the mixture is stiff.

5

Taking a dessert spoon, scoop out the mixture and roll into balls with your hands. You can sprinkle a little flour on your hands as you roll. Set balls aside on wax paper or a large plate. Repeat until the mixture is all used up. You will have 24-30 meat balls.

6

Heat the remaining oil over a medium high flame in a large heavy skillet. Fry the meatballs in batches of about 10 turning until golden on 2-3 sides, about 10 minutes. To make things go quicker, you can start doing this as soon as you have made the first 10-12 meatballs. Set aside on kitchen paper. At this point any extra can be frozen.

7

Meanwhile bring the pasta water to a rolling boil and put the pasta on to cook. Cook 1 minute less than recommended on the packet. Reserve 1/2 cup of the pasta water. Drain. Re-heat the tomato sauce. When its simmering, put in as many meatballs as you want to use. Cook 5 minutes. Add the basil, then add the spaghetti. Mix well and cook 1 minute more. Serve immediately.

Easy, healthy spaghetti and meatballs is simply delicious. Made with turkey and chicken instead of the usual beef, the meatballs are lower in saturated fat, and have a yummy Mediterranean vibe thanks to the spices used to flavor them. Simply delicious.

Nutrition Facts

Servings 6


Amount Per Serving
Calories 305
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 11g17%
Saturated Fat 2g10%
Total Carbohydrate 39g13%
Dietary Fiber 6g24%
Sugars 6.5g
Protein 16g32%

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

 

Ingredients

 2 medium shallots, minced
 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
 ¼ cup scissored chives ( see note)
 1 large egg
 ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  teaspoon ground cloves
 freshly ground white pepper to taste
 ½ lb ground turkey
 ½ lb ground chicken breast
 ¼ cup almond flour
 ¾ cup wholewheat breadcrumbs
 ¾ lb whole wheat spaghetti
 sea salt
 A little flour for rolling the meatballs (optional)
 2 cups ‘Easy Tomato Sauce’ (see post below)
 1 sprig basil, leaves stripped and julienned

Directions

Method:
1

Bring a large pasta pot full of water to a boil. Salt to taste. Cover and turn the flame down to low.

2

Meanwhile, heat 1 tablespoon of the oil over a medium high flame in a heavy skillet. Add the shallots and sprinkle with a little salt. Cook until they are just starting to caramelize, about 5 minutes. Add the scissored chives. cook 30 seconds. Turn off the heat and set aside.

3

Meanwhile in a large bowl beat the egg together with the ground cinnamon and cloves, white pepper and a generous pinch of salt. Tip in the warm shallots and chives along with any oil in the pan and beat in.

4

Tip the ground turkey and chicken into the egg mixture. With a spatula, mix and smush together until well blended. Add in the almond flour, and mix in, then add the breadcrumbs a handful at a time until the mixture is stiff.

5

Taking a dessert spoon, scoop out the mixture and roll into balls with your hands. You can sprinkle a little flour on your hands as you roll. Set balls aside on wax paper or a large plate. Repeat until the mixture is all used up. You will have 24-30 meat balls.

6

Heat the remaining oil over a medium high flame in a large heavy skillet. Fry the meatballs in batches of about 10 turning until golden on 2-3 sides, about 10 minutes. To make things go quicker, you can start doing this as soon as you have made the first 10-12 meatballs. Set aside on kitchen paper. At this point any extra can be frozen.

7

Meanwhile bring the pasta water to a rolling boil and put the pasta on to cook. Cook 1 minute less than recommended on the packet. Reserve 1/2 cup of the pasta water. Drain. Re-heat the tomato sauce. When its simmering, put in as many meatballs as you want to use. Cook 5 minutes. Add the basil, then add the spaghetti. Mix well and cook 1 minute more. Serve immediately.

Easy, Healthy Spaghetti & Meatballs

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