Traditional Spaghetti & Meatballs
ready in: 1-2 hrs
recipe id: 39843
cook method: stovetop
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1 pound spaghetti, linguine or thin spaghetti pasta, uncooked
4 slices white bread, crusts removed
1/2 cup skim milk
1 whole egg, beaten
8 ounces ground turkey
8 ounces extra lean ground beef
1/4 cup grated Romano cheese
1 tablespoon fresh basil, minced
1 teaspoon fresh oregano, minced
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 jar (26 ounce size) favorite spaghetti sauce
1 teaspoon vegetable oil, divided
Put the bread into a medium mixing bowl and pour the milk over it. Let sit 5 minutes.
Add the egg whites, ground turkey, ground beef, Romano cheese, basil, oregano, salt and pepper. Knead the mixture with your hands until it is smooth. To prevent sticking, dip your hands into cool water before forming each meatball. Form mixture into 30 1 1/2-inch balls.
Pour the tomato sauce into a large, heavy-bottom saucepan and bring to a simmer over low heat.
Warm 1/2 teaspoon vegetable oil in a large non-stick skillet. Add half the meatballs to the skillet and brown them on all sides. Spoon the meatballs into the tomato sauce.
Add the remaining 1/2 teaspoon vegetable oil to the skillet and brown the rest of the meatballs, then add them to the sauce. Simmer, stirring, for 20 minutes.
While sauce is simmering, prepare pasta according to package directions; drain. Transfer to a large serving bowl. Remove bay leaves from sauce; pour sauce with meatballs over pasta and serve.
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