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Smart Spaghetti and Meatballs Recipe

With school back in session, it is even more important to make sure your kids are getting a healthy choice at the evening meal. Here is a “smart” way to add the benefits of a super healthy green vegetable to a tried & true kid’s favorite smart spaghetti and meatballs.

Add spinach to the meatball mixture! There is no difference in flavor and this version goes together quickly….you even use your favorite store-bought spaghetti sauce. I have great results every time & homemade meatballs just taste better than frozen store-bought meatballs. Serve over whole grain/wheat noodles or try them in a meatball sub–Delish!

If you are trying to make “Smart” choices when it comes to making meals your family loves a little more healthy, then this smart spaghetti and meatballs recipe is for you!

Use in a traditional meatball meal with noodles or make delicious meatball subs.

This dish has an amazing and unforgettable taste and flavor.

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 (10oz) pkg frozen chopped spinach, thawed and well-drained
  • 1/3 cup Italian/Seasoned breadcrumbs
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup Italian blend shredded cheese
  • 3 T. shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 pound whole-wheat spaghetti
  • 1 jar (24oz) spaghetti sauce

Instructions:

  1. Mix first 5 ingredients-using 3/4 cup of the Italian cheese and 2 T of the Parmesan.
  2. Shape into 18 meatballs. Place on a baking sheet sprayed with Pam.
  3. Bake for 15 minutes or until internal temp is 160 degrees.
  4. Cook spaghetti noodles as directed on the package while meatballs are baking.
  5. Heat spaghetti sauce in a separate large saucepan.
  6. Drain spaghetti.
  7. Stir cooked meatballs into heated sauce and spoon over noodles.
  8. Sprinkle with remaining cheese.
“Smart” Spaghetti and Meatballs Recipe

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