Although this dish was a little higher on the Weight Watchers PointsPlus Value scale, I've been learning how to keep track of my points and balance the point system a little easier. I'm proud to say after about three weeks of steadily using the mobile app, I've been able to track my weight and I'm down 6.6 pounds!
I modified this recipe by choosing to use lean ground turkey for the meatballs instead of the lean ground beef which the recipe called for, only because we were already planning on having red meat later in the week. To make this an even easier recipe, the website suggests baking a batch of these meatballs over the weekend for a quick weeknight supper the whole family will love.
- 1 lb uncooked lean ground beef (or turkey)
- 1/4 cup dried plain breadcrumbs
- 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- 1 large egg
- 1 1/2 tsp Italian seasoning
- 1 1/2 tsp salt
- 3/4 lb uncooked whole-wheat spaghetti
- 24 oz bottled reduced-fat pasta sauce
- 1/4 cup fresh bail, chopped
10 PointsPlus Value
4 1/2 stars out of 5
Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 15 min
To begin, preheat the oven to 350 degrees, and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or line with aluminum foil lightly coated with cooking spray.
In a large bowl combine beef (or turkey), breadcrumbs, cheese, egg, Italian seasoning and salt. Roll into about 30 1 1/4- inch meatballs and place on prepared baking sheet. Bake until cooked through, shaking pan every 5 minutes for even browning, about 10 to 15 minutes.
Cook spaghetti according to package and pour sauce into a large saucepan over medium-low heat to warm while the meatballs are baking.
When ready to eat, toss meatballs with sauce and serve over spaghetti; garnish with basil. Yields about 5 meatballs and 1 cup spaghetti with sauce per serving.
The Super Easy P'sghetti and Meatballs pairs well with a delicious bottle of Robert Mondavi Cabernet Sauvignon or obviously Killians for the non winos :) Enjoy!