Mama Mia! That’s a Healthy Meatball!

Hello All! Here at Charleston Crafted, we love eating healthy, but sometimes you just want to indulge in a giant plate of spaghetti and meatballs. This is my favorite recipe for tasty, juicy meatballs that are actually not that unhealthy. Serve them up with whole wheat spaghetti and a vegetable-heavy sauce if you want to be extra good!

What you need:

1 pound ground turkey

1/2 cup grated carrot

1/2 cup diced onion (we use vidalia)

1/2 cup bread crumbs

1/4 cup parmesean cheese (plus some to sprinkle on in the end if you’re feeling naughty)

2 cloves garlic, minced (I use the refrigerated, pre-minced kind)

2 T minced parsley

1 egg, beaten

salt and pepper, to taste

1 box spaghetti

1 jar spaghetti sauce

What you do:

Preheat the oven to broil.

Grease a muffin tin or cookie sheet.

In a bowl, mix the meat, eggs, spices, bread crumbs, cheese, onion, and carrot.

Spaghetti and Meatballs - Charleston Crafted

Use a spoon to form the meat mix into big, fat, meatballs and place each one in the muffin tin.

Spaghetti and Meatballs - Charleston Crafted

Broil for 10 minutes.

As these broil, boil water for your pasta and begin heating your sauce in a pan on the stove.

Spaghetti and Meatballs - Charleston Crafted

Take the meatballs out of the oven and plop them one at a time into the red sauce. Stir to submerge them and heat on low for ten minutes.

Spaghetti and Meatballs - Charleston Crafted

Strain the spaghetti and top with the sauce, meatballs, and parmesean cheese. Serve with garlic bread or a side salad.

Enjoy!

Spaghetti and Meatballs - Charleston Crafted

We’ve been toying with the idea of making our own tomato sauce but can’t decide if its worth the extra cost of ingredients and all the time compared to heating a $2 jar of Bertolli. Do you make your own sauce? Is it worth it?

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