Mac’s Mighty Meatballs and Spaghetti

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  • Sauce:
    • Cooking spray
    • 1 cup finely chopped onion
    • 3 garlic cloves, minced
    • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt
    • 1 (14-ounce) can low-sodium beef broth
    • 2 (28-ounce) cans whole peeled tomatoes, undrained and chopped
  • Meatballs:
    • 1 (1-ounce) slice white bread
    • 2 (4-ounce) links sweet turkey Italian sausage, casings removed
    • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
    • 1/3 cup chopped fresh basil
    • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
    • 2 tablespoons egg substitute
    • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt
    • 2 garlic cloves, minced
    • 1 large egg
    • 1 pound ground sirloin
    • Remaining ingredients:
    • 1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley
    • 1/3 cup chopped fresh basil
    • 1 pound hot cooked whole wheat spaghetti
    • 1/2 cup (2 ounces) grated fresh Parmigiano-Reggiano
    • Fresh parsley sprigs (optional)


  • To prepare sauce, heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat.
  • Coat pan with cooking spray.
  • Add 1 cup onion; sauté for 3 minutes, 3 garlic cloves, and sauté 1 minute.
  • Add tomato paste; cook 1 minute.
  • Stir in 1/4 teaspoon salt and broth. Cook 4 minutes.
  • Stir in the tomatoes. Reduce heat, and simmer 45 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Preheat broiler
  • To prepare meatballs, place bread in a food processor, and process until fine crumbs measure 1/2 cup. Combine the breadcrumbs, sausage, 1/2 cup onion, and next 8 ingredients (through sirloin) in a bowl.
  • With wet hands, shape sirloin mixture into 32 meatballs. Place meatballs on a broiler pan.
  • Broil 15 minutes or until done.
  • Add meatballs to sauce; simmer 15 minutes.
  • Sprinkle with 1/2 cup parsley and 1/3 cup basil. Serve over spaghetti. Sprinkle with cheese; garnish with parsley sprigs, if desired.

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