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Whole grain spaghetti noodles with baked meatballs recipe
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Classic and Healthy Spaghetti and Meatballs

Healthy Spaghetti and Baked Meatballs: A comforting favorite made healthier with whole grain pasta and gluten-free meatballs, all smothered in a delicious, homemade marinara sauce.
Course Entree
Cuisine Italian
Keyword High protein, Nut-free, Sugar-free, Whole grain
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
0 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 5 servings
Calories 492kcal
Author Lauren Goslin

Ingredients

MARINARA SAUCE:

  • 1 T. olive oil
  • 1 c. yellow onion chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 1/4 t. red pepper flakes
  • 1 t. dried oregano
  • 1/2 t. sea salt
  • 3 c. tomato puree not sauce
  • 1 c. water
  • 2 T. fresh basil or parsley chopped

MEATBALLS:

  • 1 1/4 lbs. ground beef
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 egg
  • 2 t. soy sauce
  • 1/2 c. quick oats
  • 1/4 c. grated parmesan
  • 1/2 t. dried oregano
  • 1/4 t. dried basil
  • salt and pepper

PASTA:

  • noodles of your choice (one pound, if using regular pasta)

Instructions

PASTA:

    MARINARA SAUCE:

    • Heat the oil and add the onion and a dash of salt.
    • Saute for five minutes.
    • Add in the garlic, red pepper flakes, oregano and salt.
    • Saute 30 seconds.
    • Pour in the sauce and water, stirring to combine everything.
    • Simmer on low for 10-12 minutes, until slightly thickened.
    • Stir in basil or parsley.

    MEATBALLS:

    • Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
    • Mix all the ingredients together until well combined.
    • Roll the mixture into 20 equal-sized meatballs and place them on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet.
    • Bake 10-12 minutes until no longer pink in the middle.
    • Once baked, transfer them to a plate lined with a couple of paper towels to soak up any excess fat.
    • Serve with pasta parsley or basil and grated parmesan cheese, if desired.

    PASTA:

    • Cook pasta according to the package instructions, taking care to time it with the rest of the meal. I usually start the pasta first, as the heat from the marinara can warm up the noodles if they get a bit cold.

    Notes

    Nutrition facts are based on using 1 1/2 ounces of parmesan and one pound of whole wheat pasta. WW points: 13

    Nutrition

    Calories: 492kcal | Carbohydrates: 47.1g | Protein: 47.3g | Fat: 14g | Sodium: 615mg | Fiber: 8.6g | Sugar: 9.2g