Skillet Spaghetti and Meatballs

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The perfect weeknight spaghetti and meatballs!

The perfect meal for a romantic dinner for two or a big family get-together, spaghetti and meatballs is a universal crowd pleaser. Unfortunately, the often carb-heavy dish is usually one of the first to go when you start thinking thin. No one should have to give up this classic favorite just to keep an eye on their waistline. With our Skillet Spaghetti and Meatballs, no one has to! Made with whole wheat pasta and lean ground turkey, this dish is a lightened-up version of the Italian classic. With a few substitutions, this dish cuts back on sugar while still packing all the flavor of the dinnertime favorite. Serve with our Gluten Free Garlic Cauliflower Bread Sticks for the full Italian dinner experience! While your friends may have ditched pasta, our Skillet Spaghetti and Meatballs prove you don’t have to give up your favorite foods to stay fit!

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Skillet Spaghetti and Meatballs

This lightened-up version of a classic Italian favorite is perfect for a special occasion or regular family meal.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Yield 6 people
Serving Size 1 cup
Course Dinner
Cuisine Italian
Author SkinnyMs.

Ingredients

For the Meatballs

  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 1/2 cup yellow onion diced small
  • 2 egg whites
  • 2 tablespoons parmesan cheese fat-free, grated
  • 1/4 cup whole-wheat panko breadcrumbs
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

For the Spaghetti

  • 14 ounces diced tomatoes can, no sugar added
  • 24 ounces marinara sauce jar, no sugar added
  • 2 1/2 cups hot water
  • 8 ounces whole-wheat spaghetti noodles

Instructions

For the Meatballs

  • In a mixing bowl, combine the ground turkey, onion, egg whites, parmesan, Panko, and garlic. Mix well and form into 1 inch balls.
  • In a large skillet with high sides, heat the olive oil. Once hot, add the meatballs and cook for 8 to 10 minutes on medium-high heat. Turn once or twice while cooking. Drain off any excess liquid.

For the Spaghetti

  • Add the diced tomatoes, marinara, water, and spaghetti to the same pan as the meatballs. Bring to a boil, cover, and simmer for 10 to 12 minutes until the pasta is tender. Additional water can be added if needed. Serve and enjoy!
  • If desired, additional grated parmesan or chopped parsley can be served on top!

Nutrition Information

Serving: 1cup | Calories: 385kcal | Carbohydrates: 42g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 58mg | Sodium: 686mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 9g |
SmartPoints (Freestyle): 11
Keywords Budget-Friendly, High Protein, Kid-Friendly

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