Festive Spaghetti 'n' Meatballs Recipe
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Festive Spaghetti 'n' Meatballs Recipe

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"When I don't have enough time to make spaghetti sauce from scratch, I dress up a store-bought jar with fresh vegetables and frozen meatballs," says Mary Ann Kosmas of Minneapolis, Minnesota. "A touch of wine makes it special."
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:4 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 1/2 pound sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 1 large green pepper, julienned
  • 1 large onion, halved and sliced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 cup red wine or water
  • 1 jar (26 ounces) meatless spaghetti sauce
  • 1 package (12 ounces) frozen fully cooked Italian meatballs, thawed
  • Hot cooked spaghetti

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 cup) equals 787 calories, 20 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 71 mg cholesterol, 928 mg sodium, 115 g carbohydrate, 8 g fiber, 34 g protein.


  1. In a large saucepan, saute the mushrooms, green pepper and onion in oil until crisp-tender; stir in wine or water. Bring to a boil; cook for 2 minutes. Stir in spaghetti sauce and meatballs. Return to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 10-15 minutes or until meatballs are heated through.
  2. Serve meatballs and sauce with spaghetti. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Festive Spaghetti N Meatballs in Quick Cooking January/February 2004, p52

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