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Italian Spaghetti and Meatballs for Two Recipe

This dish was so popular at our church's potluck functions that I asked for the recipe. It has become a favorite at family gatherings.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Cook: 35 min. YIELD:2 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons beaten egg
  • 1 tablespoon chopped celery leaves
  • 2-1/2 teaspoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 pound ground turkey or beef
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  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1/3 cup tomato paste
  • 1 slice sandwich bread, toasted and crumbled
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 4 ounces cooked vermicelli
  • Additional grated Parmesan cheese

Directions

  • 1. In a small bowl, combine the egg, celery leaves and cheese. Crumble beef over mixture and mix well. Shape into 1-1/2-in. balls. In a large skillet, brown meatballs in oil in batches; drain.
  • 2. In a small saucepan, combine the tomatoes, tomato paste, bread, garlic, sugar, pepper and salt; add meatballs. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 30 minutes or until meatballs are no longer pink and sauce is slightly thickened, stirring occasionally. Serve with vermicelli; sprinkle with additional cheese. Yield: 2 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (calculated without additional cheese) equals 495 calories, 23 g fat (7 g saturated fat), 136 mg cholesterol, 599 mg sodium, 41 g carbohydrate, 6 g fiber, 31 g protein.

Wine Pairings

Full-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied red wine such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot or Syrah.