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Spaghetti with "Secret Ingredient" Meatballs

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  • Servings:

    Serves 4 to 6 as an appetizer
  • Prep Time:

    50 minutes
  • Cook Time:

    15 minutes


You can substitute ground turkey, pork, or meatloaf mix for the beef in this recipe.
1/4 cup seasoned breadcrumbs
3 Tbsp. milk
1 medium carrot, peeled and coarsely chopped
1/2 small onion, coarsely chopped
1 cup sliced button mushrooms
1 lb. 91% lean ground beef
1 large egg
1 1/4 tsp. salt
2 Tbsp. vegetable oil
1 (13.25-oz.) box Hannaford Whole Wheat Spaghetti
1 (24-oz.) jar Taste of Inspirations Tomato & Basil Marinara Pasta Sauce
Grated Parmesan cheese, for serving
Spaghetti with "Secret Ingredient" Meatballs


1. Combine breadcrumbs and milk in a large bowl and let sit 5 minutes. Combine carrot, onion, and mushrooms in a food processor and pulse until very finely minced, 10 to 12 times. Transfer to bowl with breadcrumb mixture, then add ground beef, egg, and salt and mix with hands until well combined. Form into 28 (1 1/2") meatballs.
2. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat until shimmering. Add half of the meatballs and brown all over, using tongs to gently turn, about 5 minutes. Transfer browned meatballs to a large plate and repeat with remaining 1 tablespoon oil and remaining half of meatballs, adjusting heat as needed to keep pan drippings from burning.
3. Drain fat from skillet and stir in marinara sauce, scraping up any brown bits from bottom of pan. Nestle meatballs into sauce and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Cook until meatballs are warmed through, about 5 minutes.
4. Meanwhile, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook according to package instructions. Drain pasta and divide among bowls. Top with meatballs and sauce and serve with cheese on the side.
Source: Hannaford fresh Magazine, September - October 2018


Nutritional Facts
Servings Serves 4 to 6
Base Nutrients
Calories 450 kcal (22%)
Calories from Fat 108 kcal (0%)
Total Fat 12 g (18%)
Saturated Fat 3 g (15%)
Cholesterol 80 mg (26%)
Sodium 530 mg (22%)
Total Carbohydrates 61 g (20%)
Dietary Fiber 10 g (40%)
Protein 29 g (48%)
Vitamin A n/a
Vitamin C n/a
Calcium n/a
Iron n/a