Old-Fashioned Spaghetti and Meatballs
1/3 cup bulgur
1/2 cup hot water
4 ounces lean ground beef
4 ounces hot Italian sausage
1 medium onion, very finely chopped
2 large egg whites, lightly beaten
3 cloves garlic, very finely chopped
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1 cup fresh breadcrumbs, preferably whole wheat
4 cups prepared marinara sauce
1/2 cup slivered fresh basil leaves or chopped fresh parsley
1 pound whole-wheat spaghetti or linguine
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan or Romano cheese
To prepare meatballs: Combine bulgur and water in a small bowl. Let stand until
the bulgur is tender and the liquid is absorbed, about 30 minutes.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat a rack with cooking spray and place it over
a baking sheet lined with foil.
Combine ground beef, sausage, onion, egg whites, garlic, oregano, salt, pepper,
breadcrumbs and the soaked bulgur in a large bowl; mix well. Form the mixture
into 1-inch meatballs (about 24). Place the meatballs on the rack and bake for
25 minutes. Blot well with paper towel.
To prepare sauce & spaghetti: Put a large pot of lightly salted water on to
boil. Bring sauce to a simmer in a Dutch oven. Add the meatballs to the sauce
and simmer, covered, for 20 minutes. Stir in basil (or parsley).
Meanwhile, cook spaghetti (or linguine) until just tender, 8 to 10 minutes.
Drain and transfer to a serving bowl. Top with the sauce and meatballs and
serve with grated cheese.
Yield: 6 servings
Recipe Provided By: EatingWell.com
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