Spaghetti and meatballs is a no-brainer, but pairing meatballs with a pile of creamed spinach topped with marinara and cheese is a flavorful twist. Pick your favorite frozen meatballs--beef, chicken or veggie--for this healthy dinner recipe.

Carolyn Malcoun
Source: EatingWell Magazine, September/October 2016




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  • Prepare meatballs according to package directions.

  • Meanwhile, heat oil in a large, broiler-safe skillet over medium heat. Add onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender, about 2 minutes. Add garlic and cook, stirring, for 30 seconds. Add spinach and cook, stirring occasionally, until thawed, 6 to 8 minutes. Sprinkle with flour and stir to combine. Add milk and cook, stirring occasionally, until thickened, about 2 minutes. Stir in pepper and nutmeg.

  • Nestle the cooked meatballs into the creamed spinach. Drizzle with marinara and scatter mozzarella on top.

  • Position rack in upper third of oven and turn broiler to high. Broil the casserole until the cheese is browning in spots, 3 to 4 minutes.


Marinara sauces can be high in sodium (often more than 20 percent of your daily limit per 1/2-cup serving). Opt for one labeled “low-sodium” or check the nutrition panel and go for one that's lower in sodium, about 250 mg per serving or less.

Meatballs: Pick one with less than 450 mg per serving and skip brands with added sugar. Our Favorites: Bove's Italian Style (beef) and Al Fresco Italian Style (chicken)

Nutrition Facts

262 calories; protein 18.4g 37% DV; carbohydrates 19.5g 6% DV; exchange other carbs 1.5; dietary fiber 3g 12% DV; sugars 6.6g; fat 13g 20% DV; saturated fat 4.7g 24% DV; cholesterol 34.9mg 12% DV; vitamin a iu 8062.7IU 161% DV; vitamin c 15.9mg 27% DV; folate 102.8mcg 26% DV; calcium 260.4mg 26% DV; iron 3.7mg 20% DV; magnesium 60.3mg 22% DV; potassium 337.8mg 10% DV; sodium 497.7mg 20% DV; thiamin 0.1mg 10% DV.

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Rating: 4 stars
I made this yesterday because the photo looked so delicious. Then as I was making it I thought what a strange combination! I think I will make the creamed spinach again but will not add the red sauce and probably replace the meatballs with chicken just my personal preference. I also had to add some salt to the spinach. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Very delicious and easy to make. However we are not big eaters and this recipe is definitely not for 6 people. I would say two at the most. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
easy quick one pan meal that surprised me with how good it was...will make again...good weeknight meal when you have to get dinner on table fast. (I used shredded mozzarella cheese instead of fresh) Read More