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Friday, February 21, 2014

Savory Chicken Meatballs over Spaghetti



Often, the simplest foods are the best!
 
In other words, comfort food ~ that’s just what we need now with this cold, windy (45 mph gusts last night and today), snowy weather!





These meatballs are healthier, with chicken instead of beef, and egg beaters substituting for eggs.  The sauce is a basic tomato sauce.

It’s a comforting delicious dish, requiring little explanation!


Savory Chicken Meatballs over Spaghetti

For the meatballs:

1 pound ground chicken
4 cloves garlic, minced
½ cup egg beaters
6 saltine crackers, crushed
3 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon Hungarian paprika
½ cup onion, finely chopped
¼ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon pepper

Method:

Heat oven to 400 degrees.
In a large bowl, mix all ingredients well.
Form into 1½” meatballs (about 20) and place on a baking sheet.
Bake uncovered for about 20 minutes, until no longer pink in center.  Set aside.


For the sauce:

2 cans (15-ounce) diced tomatoes
1 (6-ounce) can tomato paste
1-2 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon oregano
½ teaspoon basil
½ teaspoon seasoned pepper
½ - 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

Method:

Combine ingredients in a large saucepan, bring to a simmer and cook for about 25 minutes.
Lower heat and add meatballs, combine well and cook for 5 minutes.

Meanwhile, cook pasta according to package directions, drain.

Divide all onto plates and sprinkle with Parmesan.


ENJOY!






11 comments:

  1. Delicious Pam! Im sure my son would love these :))

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  2. Pam, These meatballs look great and they sound good to me! If only my wife would eat meatballs! She likes meatloaf...hers...but for some reason she doesn't care for meatloaf in a round format. Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

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  3. Absolutely delicious! Thank you for this recipe, Pam.

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  4. Me encanta como queda el plato, se ve delicioso.

    Saludos

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  5. We are such ground beef lovers that we never think to use turkey, although we should. We had spaghetti and meatballs at a FL restaurant and other than the sauce being too sweet, the meatballs too firm, tea pasta too thick, and the service too slow it was a fine meal. Your good looking plate makes me want to go get out the stuff to whip up a batch.

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  6. two thumbs up on this recipe!!

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  7. You said that right - comforting and delicious. Hope spring is on its way.
    Sam

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  8. I love how easy the meatballs sound. Cooking them in the oven is a great idea. Great easy recipe Pam. Spring will be here soon!

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  9. A delicious meal! Meatballs are always a favourite and having it over spaghetti are just perfect!

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  10. Meatballs and Tomato Sauce are definitely comfort food, Pam! Yummy!
    ~Judy

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  11. There is nothing better than a big plate of spaghetti and meat balls, in my book!! YUM!!

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