Smart Spaghetti and Meatballs Smart Spaghetti and Meatballs

Smart Spaghetti and Meatballs 150 Image by: Smart Spaghetti and Meatballs 150 Author: Canadian Living

We've lightened up this classic Italian dish by using extra-lean ground turkey instead of the usual beef-and-pork combination. Whole wheat pasta and bread crumbs add an extra hit of fibre. Serve with a tossed green salad.

  • Portion size 6 servings
  • Credits : Canadian Living Magazine: April 2012




Sauce: In saucepan, heat oil over medium heat; cook carrot, celery, onion, garlic, Italian seasoning and salt, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 7 minutes.

Add wine; cook for 2 minutes. Add tomatoes and 3/4 cup water; bring to boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer, stirring occasionally, until slightly thickened, about 40 minutes.

Meatballs: Meanwhile, in large bowl, stir together bread crumbs, egg, Parmesan cheese, garlic, Italian seasoning, salt and hot pepper flakes; stir in turkey until combined. Shape by scant 1 tbsp into 30 meatballs.

Bake on parchment paper–lined baking sheet in 375°F (190°C) oven until digital rapid-read thermometer inserted into centre of a few reads 165°F (74°C), about 15 minutes. Add to sauce.

Meanwhile, in large pot of boiling salted water, cook pasta according to package directions; drain. Serve topped with meatballs and sauce. Garnish with basil.

Nutritional facts Per serving: about

  • Fibre 9 g
  • Sodium 881 mg
  • Sugars 10 g
  • Protein 31 g
  • Calories 555.0
  • Total fat 13 g
  • Potassium 609 mg
  • Cholesterol 90 mg
  • Saturated fat 4 g
  • Total carbohydrate 81 g


  • Iron 46.0
  • Folate 17.0
  • Calcium 13.0
  • Vitamin A 25.0
  • Vitamin C 8.0
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