Cook Spaghetti & Meatballs

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Pasta is a healthy meal which is high in iron and offers a low fat alternative. While it is carbohydrates, it offers you a meal that is healthy, is filling and is warm and welcoming after a long day outdoors or in the cool weather.

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The sauce is protein filled when it contains meat, but even when it does not, learning how to make spaghetti is still worthwhile. The cooked tomatoes with a small amount of oil offer some very positive health benefits including phytonutrients that can help to prevent some types of cancer.

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While only you know that they are helping to keep your family healthy, it's a sure bet that most of the family is going to love the meal.

Let's face it, who doesn't love spaghetti. Most people are partial to Italian food of all types and spaghetti is something that nearly everyone can appreciate. Pair this off with a healthy green salad and hot crusty bread and you've got a winner every time.

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Ingredients

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Pasta

  1. 1
    2 tablespoons Oil
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  2. 2
    1 tablespoons Salt
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  3. 3
    .125 kilograms Pasta Spaghetti
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Meatballs

  1. 1
    1/2 kilograms Ground Beef
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  2. 2
    1/2 cup minced Onion
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  3. 3
    1/4 cup grated Parmesan Cheese
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  4. 4
    1/2 cup Tomato and Herb Pasta Sauce
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  5. 5
    2 teaspoons Beef Bullion Granules or Powder
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    1 teaspoon Italian Seasoning
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  7. 7
    1/2 cup Breadcrumbs
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  8. 8
    Oil for deep frying
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Pasta Sauce

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    2 1/2 cups Tomato and Herb Pasta Sauce
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  2. 2
    1 cup sliced Button Mushroom
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  3. 3
    Salt and Pepper to taste
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  4. 4
    1 large bulb White Onion
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  5. 5
    6 cloves of Garlic
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Garnish

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    chopped Parsley
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    grated Parmesan Cheese
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Procedure

Pasta

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  1. 1
    Boil a generous amount of water into a pot.
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  2. 2
    Add oil and salt.
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  3. 3
    Bring in the pasta spaghetti.
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  4. 4
    Stir every so often to prevent the pasta from sticking in the bottom of the pot.
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  5. 5
    Drain when cooked Al-Dente.
    You may know if the pasta is cooked to perfection when you chew it and is firm but at the same time chewy, it's good to go. Set aside.
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Meatballs

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  1. 1
    In a large bowl, combine the following ingredients:
    Ground beef, minced garlic and onion, grated Parmesan cheese, bread crumbs, tomato and herb pasta sauce, beef bullion and the Italian seasoning.
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  2. 2
    Mix the ingredients until will blended.
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    Get a spoonful and shape into a small (golf sized) balls.
    Set aside.
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  4. 4
    Prepare skillet or frying pan, fill up with oil, heat it up.
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  5. 5
    Drop the meatballs into the pan one at a time.
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    Cook until no longer pink in the middle, turning frequently.
    About 5 to 10 minutes depending on the size of the meatballs. Set aside.
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Sauce

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    In the same pan where you fried the meatballs, remove excess fats, about 1 1 1/2 tablespoons of oil.
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    Saute the onions first, when it changed its color add in the garlic.
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  3. 3
    Add the sliced mushrooms, stir for about 2 minutes.
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  4. 4
    Pour over the tomato and herb pasta sauce, bring to a boil.
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  5. 5
    Lower the heat and bring it into a final simmer for about 5 minutes.
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  6. 6
    Season with salt and pepper.
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Serving Suggestion

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    Place the cooked Spaghetti pasta into a plate.
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    Ladle some sauce over the top.
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    Arrange a few meatballs on the top, sprinkle with freshly grated Parmesan cheese and garnish with some chopped parsley.
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Aragula Salad

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Ingredients

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  1. 1
    4 cups Aragula Leaves, young (rinsed and dried)
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    1 cup Cherry Tomato, sliced into half
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    2 tablespoon Olive Oil
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  4. 4
    1 tablespoon Rice Wine Vinegar
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  5. 5
    Salt and Pepper to taste
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  6. 6
    grated Parmesan Cheese
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    1 large avocado, sliced into bite sized
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  8. 8
    1/4 cup salted Sunflower Seeds
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Procedure

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  1. 1
    In a large bowl add in the following ingredients:
    aragula leaves, sliced cherry tomatoes, olive oil, rice wine vinegar, avocado, sunflower seeds and season with salt and pepper.
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  2. 2
    Mix until well blended.
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  3. 3
    Arrange on a serving plate and top with grated Parmesan Cheese.
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Notes

  • If you want a healthier version of meatballs, you can substitute the ground beef with veg-e-burger.
  • If you do not like Italian and Herb Pasta Sauce, you can change it to any kind of sauce according to what you prefer.
  • Sunflower seeds is a cheaper substitute for pine nuts and it works very well with salad recipes.
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Note: Photos above are just sample brands of the ingredients. This does not mean that the same brands are needed in preparing this recipe. You can always change things according to your preferences.

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