Lady & The Tramp

When I saw the title of this recipe, I just had to try it. It's actually called "Lady & The Tramp Spaghetti and Meatballs"! How cute is that? It's since become one of my favorite meatball recipes because it is so easy. There's no baking or broiling involved, and dinner can be ready in 30 minutes. The original recipe was from Cooking Light, but I tinkered around with it to suit our tastes, and made it even lighter in the process.

You can change the sauce and spices up as much as you want, and you'll end up with a different sauce each time. The versatility is nice, because I can use the same basic recipe and have either a sweeter or a spicy sauce...and I can use the recipe more than once a month without David ever suspecting a thing! Last night I made it with a jar of Marzetti merlot-flavored sauce. I sprinkled the whole thing with quite a bit of crushed red pepper, and added a bell pepper to the sauce. David said this was one of his favorite "meatball recipes" yet. Let me know what you add to your sauces to make them your own...I would love to try other favorite recipes!

Lady & The Tramp Spaghetti & Meatballs

Ingredients

1 package ground turkey breast (usually 1.25 lb.)
1/2 medium onion, minced
1 tablespoon Worsterchire sauce
2 tablespoons breadcrumbs
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 large egg
1 (25.5-ounce) jar pasta sauce
1/2 medium onion, chopped (if you have time to simmer)
5 cups hot cooked spaghetti (about 8 ounces uncooked pasta)
5 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
5 tablespoons fresh basil, torn into tiny pieces

Combine the first 8 ingredients in a bowl (through egg) and mix well. Form into 25 meatballs using very rounded tablespoons. Place meatballs in a large non-stick skillet heated over medium high. Cook about 8 minutes, turning every couple of minutes until they are brown on all sides.

Add the jar of pasta sauce and simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. If you have time to simmer the recipe for 25 minutes, add half a chopped onion (feel free to stir in bell peppers or any other veggie).

Serve 1 cup pasta topped with 5 meatballs and 1/2 cup sauce. Garnish with a tablespoon each of Parmesan cheese and fresh basil.

Nutritional Information
Calories:476
Fat:10g
Protein:38.2g
Carbohydrate:42.8g
Fiber:4.9g