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Healthier Italian Spaghetti Sauce with Meatballs

Healthier Italian Spaghetti Sauce with Meatballs

  • Prep

    20 m
  • Cook

    2 h
  • Ready In

    2 h 20 m
MakeItHealthy

MakeItHealthy

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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Nutrition

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  • Calories:
  • 374 kcal
  • 19%
  • Fat:
  • 20.7 g
  • 32%
  • Carbs:
  • 29.1g
  • 9%
  • Protein:
  • 21.5 g
  • 43%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 86 mg
  • 29%
  • Sodium:
  • 1552 mg
  • 62%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

Directions

  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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Reviews

Baking Nana
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Baking Nana

7/23/2012

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.

Sudie B
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Sudie B

2/28/2014

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.

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