Lighter Spaghetti and Meatballs


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Lighter Spaghetti and Meatballs

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    Sneak some healthy veggies into these homemade meatballs. No one will ever know that they contain a healthy amount of riced cauliflower.

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    Servings and Ingredients

    Serves 4
    1 Hy-Vee large egg, lightly beaten
    ¾ c. Hy-Vee Short Cuts riced cauliflower
    ¼ c. Pecorino-Romano cheese, grated, plus additional for serving
    ¼ c. Fresh Italian parsley, finely chopped, plus additional for serving
    3 clove(s) garlic, minced, divided
    ¾ tsp. Hy-Vee Italian seasoning
    ¼ tsp. Hy-Vee salt
    ¼ tsp. Hy-Vee ground black pepper
    1 lbs. 93%-lean ground beef
    ¼ c. Hy-Vee all-purpose flour
    2 tbsp. Gustare Vita olive oil, divided
    ¾ c. Hy-Vee Short Cuts chopped white onions
    1 (28-oz.) can Italian whole peeled plum tomatoes, undrained
    1 c. water
    ½ c. dry white wine, or tomato juice
    1 tbsp. Hy-Vee tomato paste
    8 oz. Hy-Vee omega-3 multigrain pasta

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    • Large bowl
    • Large heavy saucepan


    1. For Meatballs: Combine egg, cauliflower, 1/4 cup cheese, 1/4 cup parsley, 2 cloves garlic, Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper in a large bowl. Add ground beef; gently combine, being careful not to over mix. Shape mixture into 12 (2-oz. each) meatballs; lightly coat meatballs with flour. Heat 1 tablespoon oil over medium heat in a large skillet. Brown meatballs; set aside.

    2. For Sauce: Heat remaining 1 tablespoon oil in a large heavy saucepan over medium heat. Add onions and remaining clove garlic. Cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Cut up tomatoes. Stir undrained tomatoes, water, wine, and tomato paste into onion mixture. Add meatballs. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, for 30 minutes or until sauce thickens and meatballs are done (165 degrees).

    3. Cook pasta according to package directions; drain and divide among four serving plates or pasta bowls. Spoon meatballs and sauce on top. Sprinkle with additional cheese and parsley, if desired.

    Nutrition facts


    650 Calories per serving

    Amounts Per Serving

    • Total Fat: 24g
    • Cholesterol: 160mg
    • Sodium: 880mg
    • Total Carbohydrates: 54g
    • Protein: 52g

    Daily Values

    Iron 45%
    Calcium 20%
    Vitamin D 0%
    Potassium 15%

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    Balance February 2019