Old-Fashioned Spaghetti & Meatballs

Fall 2004, September/October 1995, The Essential EatingWell Cookbook (2004)

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To stretch the ground beef, we use high-fiber bulgur and whole-wheat breadcrumbs in the meatballs, which are baked rather than fried.

"I love this recipe. I used cannelli instead of spaghetti, but that was the only change I made. The taste of the meatballs was amazing. I could eat this all day long. "
Old-Fashioned Spaghetti & Meatballs

10 Reviews for Old-Fashioned Spaghetti & Meatballs

Wonderful meal for a fall weekend!

This recipe can be changed around a lot. I doubled the meat as 8 oz of meat did not sound right. I'll use garlic powder next time in place of the cloves and cut the parsley in half as our son does not like. I could sprinkle it on top of my serving.

Very healthy ingredients and basically a one-dish stand alone entree.
WHOA on the onion!

Well, I cannot agree with the rave reviews and I can't believe this is a kid friendly meal with all the onion! I guess with all the bulgur wheat you have to add the onion (not to mention fatty sausage). It is unfortunate that I was optimistic and made a double recipe so my family will see these again from the freezer. This was a nine thumbs down in my house of ten thumbs.

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Anonymous wrote 2 years 12 weeks ago

I don't think my kids would

I don't think my kids would eat it either. I'm glad you posted this!

Healthy method of making meat balls

I wanted to make traditional spaghetti and meatballs but with a healthier twist, so this was the perfect solution! I don't like to use ground beef. I would appreciate tips on making healthier choices for ground meat in general.... Bought organic at the supermarket. But perhaps next time I'll go to a butcher and get good quality meat ground up... I wonder about the sausages too.... anyway, baking the meatballs worked really well! I felt good about all the fat dripping down into the pan rather than sitting in my stomach! Next time I may add less bulgar wheat and try to find actual spicy sausages... My supermarket didn't have any so I bought the closest thing and added my own paprika and cayenne. Needed a little bit more kick. But great recipe. Will use it again! I paired it with the Cast Iron Skillet corn bread recipe on this site and a Marinara Sauce of Ina Garten on the Was a hit!

Reduced fat, Nice taste, baked instead of fried.
Family Favorite

My 8 year old son requested these meatballs for his birthday meal. What more do you have to say!

Good but... maybe too much fiber

My review is really for the meatballs since I used bottled sauce. The meatballs were tasty and cooked up just fine. The only problem is, with all the extra fiber courtesy of the bulgur (along with whole wheat pasta), a small lunch of this dish gives both me and my husband a solid dose of indigestion. It expands quite a bit once I eat it.

Just a word of caution.

Healthy, tasty

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