Tuesday, January 21, 2014

spaghetti with turkey meatballs...

via BuzzFeed Food
My cooking quest for the end of this week.  Looks wonderful and it's rather low in calories

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.

Serves 8


  • 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)


  1. 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. Saut√© 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.

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