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Learn Easy Ways To Make Spaghetti Meat Balls!

NATIONAL SPAGHETTI DAY 2017 (January 4th)

Pick your sauce! National Spaghetti Day on January 4 recognizes that long thing cylindrical pasta of Italian and Sicilian origin. Usually made from semolina flour, this pasta has been a worldwide favorite for ages and loved by millions.

Easy Ways To Make Spaghetti Meat Balls

Spaghetti and meatballs might have originated in Italy but today the dish is synonymous with classic American comfort food.

Ingredients

SAUCE:

  • Cooking spray
  • 1 cup finely chopped onion
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 (14-ounce) can less-sodium beef broth
  • 2 (28-ounce) cans whole peeled tomatoes, undrained and chopped

MEATBALLS:

  • 1 (1-ounce) slice white bread
  • 2 (4-ounce) links sweet turkey Italian sausage, casings removed
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1/3 cup chopped fresh basil
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 tablespoons egg substitute
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 pound ground sirloin
  • Remaining ingredients:
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/3 cup chopped fresh basil
  • 1 pound hot cooked spaghetti
  • 1/2 cup (2 ounces) grated fresh Parmigiano-Reggiano
  • Fresh parsley sprigs (optional)

Preparation

  • To prepare sauce, heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray.
  • Add 1 cup onion; sauté for 3 minutes.
  • Add 3 garlic, cloves and sauté 1 minute.
  • Add tomato paste; cook 1 minute.
  • Stir in 1/4 teaspoon salt and broth.
  • Cook 4 minutes. Stir in the tomatoes.
  • Reduce heat, and simmer 45 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Preheat broiler.

  • To prepare meatballs, place bread in a food processor, and process until fine crumbs measure 1/2 cup. Combine the breadcrumbs, sausage, 1/2 cup onion, and next 8 ingredients (through sirloin) in a bowl. With wet hands, shape sirloin mixture into 32 meatballs.
  • Place meatballs on a broiler pan. Broil 15 minutes or until done.
  • Add meatballs to sauce; simmer 15 minutes.
  • Sprinkle with 1/2 cup parsley and 1/3 cup basil.

Serve over spaghetti. Sprinkle with cheese; garnish with parsley sprigs, if desired.

Spaghetti and Meatballs is terrific with red or white wine as long as the wine has good acidity to mirror that of the tomatoes and act as a counterpoint to the meatballs. 

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