Spaghetti with Sicilian Meatballs Recipe

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Submitted by bekka78

Makes 6 servings



Americans enjoyed most of the food at the scores of Italian restaurants that opened in the twenties, but they couldn't understand the appeal of spaghetti and tomato sauce: Where was the meat? To accommodate, the restaurants began to top the pasta with meatballs. This recipe takes the dish a step further by adding the Sicilian flavors of pine nuts and currants.

Recipe Ingredients for Spaghetti with Sicilian Meatballs

2 tablespoons olive oil
1 1/2 cups chopped onion
2 garlic cloves, minced
56 ounce diced tomatoes in juice
4 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
2/3 cup fresh breadcrumbs
3 tablespoons milk
1/3 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup finely chopped onion
3 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
1 large egg
1 garlic clove, minced
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 pound Ground Turkey Italian Seasoned
2 tablespoons pine nuts, toasted
2 tablespoons dried currants

Recipe Directions for Spaghetti with Sicilian Meatballs

  1. For Sauce:

  2. Heat oil in heavy large pot over medium-low heat. Add onion; sauté until golden, about 10 minutes. Add garlic; stir 1 minute. Add tomatoes with juices and 2 tablespoons basil; bring to boil. Reduce heat; simmer until sauce thickens, breaking up tomatoes with fork, about 1 hour. Mix in 2 tablespoons basil. Season with salt and pepper. Set sauce aside.

  3. For Meatballs:

  4. Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly oil baking sheet. Mix crumbs and milk in medium bowl; let stand 5 minutes. Mix in Parmesan, onion, basil, egg, garlic and pepper. Add ground turkey, pine nuts and currants; blend well. Using wet hands, form mixture into 1 1/4-inch balls. Place on baking sheet. Bake until meatballs are light brown and cooked through, about 30 minutes. Add to sauce.

  5. Cook spaghetti in large pot of boiling salted water until just tender but still firm to bite. Drain. Mound in dish. Bring sauce and meatballs to simmer. Spoon over spaghetti.

Categories

Main Dish

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 421.7g
Amount Per Serving
Calories
332
Calories from Fat
136
% Daily Value*
Total Fat
15.1g
23%
Saturated Fat
3.6g
18%
Trans Fat
0.0g
Cholesterol
94mg
31%
Sodium
675mg
28%
Potassium
142mg
4%
Total Carbohydrates
26.0g
9%
Dietary Fiber
3.5g
14%
Sugars
11.1g
Protein
21.5g
Vitamin A 37% Vitamin C 80%
Calcium 18% Iron 19%
* Based on a 2000 calorie diet

Nutritional details are an estimate and should only be used as a guide for approximation.
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Health Information

Nutrition Grade
96% confidence
B
  Good points
  • High in vitamin A
  • Very high in vitamin C
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