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Spaghetti and Meatballs

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Lady and the Tramp showed us the only right way to eat spaghetti and meatballs, am I right?  Except they probably used enriched wheat pasta!  Check out this Healthy Spaghetti and Meatballs recipe.

If you have an Instant Pot, you can make this recipe in there easily!  Instructions included!

Healthy Spaghetti and Meatballs

Spaghetti and Meatballs

Author: Heidi Boortz
Servings : 6

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup 100% Whole Grain Bread torn, lightly packed
  • 1/4 cup onion grated
  • 1/2 lb ground beef 90% lean or leaner
  • 1 egg white lightly beaten
  • 1/2 Tbsp dried parsley
  • 1/2 Tbsp bottled minced garlic
  • 2 Tbsp parmesan cheese grated
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 jar marinara 24 oz; no sugar listed in ingredients
  • 1 lb 100% whole grain spaghetti noodles

Instructions

Instant Pot®

  • Mix bread, onion, beef, egg white, parsley, garlic, salt, pepper, and parmesan just until well combined. Do not overmix.
  • Form into large balls, about the size of your palm. They will be soft and may not hold a perfect sphere. 


  • Program Instant Pot for sauté. Add oil. Once oil is hot, carefully add meatballs and brown on all sides.
  • Pour marinara over meatballs. Lock lid. Set valve to sealing. Program for manual-high and 15 minutes.
  • Once the cook time has stopped and machine has beeped, bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add pasta. Boil 7-8 minutes or until it has reached desired doneness. Drain.
  • Release any remaining pressure in the IP by moving the valve to venting (use a wooden spoon so as not to burn yourself).
  • Serve sauce and meatballs over noodles.

Stovetop/Oven

  • Mix bread, onion, beef, egg white, parsley, garlic, salt, pepper, and parmesan just until well combined. Do not overmix.
  • Form into large balls, about the size of your palm. They will be soft and may not hold a perfect sphere. 


  • Heat oil in a large skillet. Gently add meatballs. Brown on all sides. Pour marinara over meatballs. Bring to a simmer. Cover, reduce heat, and let simmer 20 minutes.
  • For the last 10-12 minutes of cook time, bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add pasta. Boil 7-8 minutes or until it has reached desired doneness. Drain.
  • Serve sauce and meatballs over noodles.

Notes

If you want to cook the pasta in your instant pot too, you can! Simply add 1 lb pasta and 4 cups water to the instant pot.  Make sure the noodles are submerged (breaking them in half helps).  Lock lid; set valve to sealing.  Program for manual-high and 4 minutes.  When cook time ends, either use quick release or natural pressure release, or a combination of both.  Your noodles should be cooked and most if not all of the water should be absorbed.  If there is any remaining water, drain with a colander.
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