Whole Wheat Spaghetti and Meatballs

Whole Wheat Spaghetti and Meatballs

2 Servings
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From the Test Kitchen

Nothing beats perfectly cooked, al dente pasta. There are numerous ways to test the doneness of your noodles when they’re cooking. Some folk wisdom says to throw a strand of pasta against the wall; if it sticks the pasta is done. As much fun as we had experimenting with this method, we found the best way to test the pasta was by taste. Al dente pasta is tender, but still has a little bit of a bite to it.

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  • Nutrition
    PER SERVING
  • Calories
    700 Cals (est.)
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ingredients
Whole Wheat Spaghetti and Meatballs
Title
  • 4 cloves Garlic
  • 1 bunch Parsley
  • 1 Yellow Onion
  • 1 stalk Celery
  • 1 28-Ounce Can Crushed Tomatoes
  • 10 oz Ground Beef
  • ¼ cup Panko Breadcrumbs
  • 1 tsp Italian Seasoning
  • 8 oz Whole Wheat Spaghetti
  • ⅓ cup Grated Parmesan Cheese
Prepare the ingredients:
1 Prepare the ingredients:
Wash and dry the fresh produce. Heat a large pot of salted water to boiling on high. Peel and mince the garlic. Peel and small dice the onion. Small dice the celery. Pick the parsley leaves off the stems; discard the stems and roughly chop the leaves.
Make the sauce:
2 Make the sauce:
In a medium pot, heat 2 teaspoons of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add half of the onion and half of the garlic. Season with salt and pepper and cook, stirring frequently, 2 to 4 minutes, or until softened. Add the tomatoes and season with salt and pepper. Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer the sauce for 6 to 8 minutes, or until slightly reduced in volume. Remove from heat and set aside in a warm place while you continue cooking.
Make the meatballs:
3 Make the meatballs:
While the sauce simmers, in a medium bowl, combine the ground beef, panko breadcrumbs, celery, Italian seasoning, half the parsley and the remaining garlic and onion with a drizzle of olive oil. Season with salt and pepper and gently mix until just combined. Using your hands, roll the mixture into 14 to 16 small meatballs (slightly smaller than golf ball-sized).
Cook the meatballs:
4 Cook the meatballs:
While the sauce continues to simmer, in a large pan (nonstick, if you have one), heat 2 teaspoons of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the meatballs and cook, stirring occasionally to brown them on all sides, 3 to 4 minutes or until mostly cooked through. (You can easily test the meatballs by removing one and cutting it in half.) Transfer the browned meatballs to the tomato sauce. Heat on medium for 6 to 8 minutes, or until the meatballs are cooked through. Remove from heat.
Cook the pasta:
5 Cook the pasta:
While the sauce and meatballs cook, add the pasta to the boiling water and cook 10 to 12 minutes, or until al dente (still just slightly firm to the bite). Drain thoroughly.
Plate your dish:
6 Plate your dish:
Divide the cooked pasta between 2 dishes and top with the meatballs and a couple spoonfuls of sauce. Garnish with the Parmesan cheese and remaining parsley. Enjoy!

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Prepare the ingredients:
1 Prepare the ingredients:
Wash and dry the fresh produce. Heat a large pot of salted water to boiling on high. Peel and mince the garlic. Peel and small dice the onion. Small dice the celery. Pick the parsley leaves off the stems; discard the stems and roughly chop the leaves.
2 Make the sauce:
In a medium pot, heat 2 teaspoons of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add half of the onion and half of the garlic. Season with salt and pepper and cook, stirring frequently, 2 to 4 minutes, or until softened. Add the tomatoes and season with salt and pepper. Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer the sauce for 6 to 8 minutes, or until slightly reduced in volume. Remove from heat and set aside in a warm place while you continue cooking.
Make the sauce:
Make the meatballs:
3 Make the meatballs:
While the sauce simmers, in a medium bowl, combine the ground beef, panko breadcrumbs, celery, Italian seasoning, half the parsley and the remaining garlic and onion with a drizzle of olive oil. Season with salt and pepper and gently mix until just combined. Using your hands, roll the mixture into 14 to 16 small meatballs (slightly smaller than golf ball-sized).
4 Cook the meatballs:
While the sauce continues to simmer, in a large pan (nonstick, if you have one), heat 2 teaspoons of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the meatballs and cook, stirring occasionally to brown them on all sides, 3 to 4 minutes or until mostly cooked through. (You can easily test the meatballs by removing one and cutting it in half.) Transfer the browned meatballs to the tomato sauce. Heat on medium for 6 to 8 minutes, or until the meatballs are cooked through. Remove from heat.
Cook the meatballs:
Cook the pasta:
5 Cook the pasta:
While the sauce and meatballs cook, add the pasta to the boiling water and cook 10 to 12 minutes, or until al dente (still just slightly firm to the bite). Drain thoroughly.
6 Plate your dish:
Divide the cooked pasta between 2 dishes and top with the meatballs and a couple spoonfuls of sauce. Garnish with the Parmesan cheese and remaining parsley. Enjoy!
Plate your dish:
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