Spaghetti and Italian Meatballs Recipe

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Spaghetti and Italian Meatballs
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  1. Cook the onion in hot oil until it is tender but not brown.
  2. Stir in the crushed tomatoes, tomato sauce, tomato paste, sugar, salt, pepper, oregano and bay leaves.
  3. Simmer for 30 minutes. As the sauce simmers keep an eye on it, if it looks too thick add some water up to one cup.
  4. While the sauce is simmering mix together the meatballs.
  5. To dry the bread I preheat my oven to it's lowest setting (170 degrees) and when it gets to temp I turn it off and place the bread slices in and let the low heat dry them.
  6. Remove from the oven and place in a mixing bowl.
  7. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees and line a cookie sheet with sides with foil.
  8. Soak the dried bread in water 2-3 mintues, then squeeze out the moisture.
  9. (Doing this does something to the gluten in the bread that gives the meatballs a wonderful taste and texture).
  10. Combine the bread with the rest of the ingredients, mixing well with your hands.
  11. Form into small balls (approx 20).
  12. Bake for 15 minutes or until they are cooked through.
  13. Remove from the pan and add to the simmering sauce.
  14. Cook for 30 minutes longer.
  15. Serve over hot spaghetti noodles.
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Nutrition Facts

Per ServingPer 100 g
Amount Per 1 Serving
Calories 337.91 Kcal (1415 kJ)
Calories from fat 77.24 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 8.58g 13%
Cholesterol 54.94mg 18%
Sodium 1720.35mg 72%
Potassium 357.14mg 8%
Total Carbs 47.63g 16%
Sugars 7.26g 29%
Dietary Fiber 2.43g 10%
Protein 16.42g 33%
Vitamin C 3.1mg 5%
Iron 3.6mg 20%
Calcium 125.4mg 13%
Amount Per 100 g
Calories 223.47 Kcal (936 kJ)
Calories from fat 51.08 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 5.68g 13%
Cholesterol 36.34mg 18%
Sodium 1137.7mg 72%
Potassium 236.19mg 8%
Total Carbs 31.5g 16%
Sugars 4.8g 29%
Dietary Fiber 1.61g 10%
Protein 10.86g 33%
Vitamin C 2.1mg 5%
Iron 2.4mg 20%
Calcium 83mg 13%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
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  • salty
  • savory
  • bitter
  • sweet
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Recipe Tags

Weightwatchers Points

  • 7
  • 9

Good Points

  • saturated fat free

Bad Points

  • High in Sodium

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