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Spaghetti with Turkey Meatballs via BuzzFee Food
Tomatoes are a top plant source of umami, and the riper they are, the better: The fruit's umami components increase during maturation. What's more, whole-wheat pasta has triple the fiber of regular pasta for more fill-you-up power.
- 8lbs tomatoes, cut into chunks
- 1large onion, chopped
- 1/4cupplus 1 1/2 tbsp olive oil, divided
- 5cloves garlic, roughly chopped
- 1/2teaspoonred pepper flakes or 1 small dried hot pepper, chopped (optional)
- 1tablespoonplus 1 tsp salt, preferably sea salt, divided
- 2cupsItalian bread, torn into bite-size pieces
- 3/4cup1 percent milk
- 1lbground turkey (93 percent lean)
- 1egg, beaten
- 1/2lbwhole-wheat spaghetti
- Grated Parmesan or Romano (optional)
- Heat oven to 400°. In a large baking dish, combine tomatoes, onion, 1/4 cup oil, garlic, pepper flakes (if desired) and 1 tbsp salt; cover; roast 45 minutes. Remove dish from oven; mash mixture to break down tomatoes. Cook, uncovered, until sauce is thick and reduced, 45 minutes. In a bowl, soak bread in milk until it absorbs liquid, 10 minutes; add turkey, egg and remaining 1 tsp salt; mix until just combined. Gently roll meat mixture into 16 equal-sized balls. In a large nonstick saucepan, heat remaining 1 1/2 tbsp oil over medium-high heat. Sauté meatballs, turning occasionally, until light brown, 5 minutes. Add tomato sauce to meatballs; reduce heat; simmer until cooked through, 20 minutes. Cook pasta as directed on package. Serve sauce over pasta; top with cheese, if desired.