Spaghetti with Chicken Meatballs

The ground chicken in this recipe gives standard spaghetti and meatballs a new spin that's sure to become your next family favorite.

Spaghetti with Chicken Meatballs
Servings: 6 Prep 15 mins Bake 375°F 24 mins Cook 14 mins

Ingredients

  • 2 slices whole-grain white bread, torn into pieces
  • 1/4 cup skim milk
  • 1 pound ground chicken
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • 4 tablespoons chopped parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon plus 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 pounds plum tomatoes, cored, seeded and cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 14 1/2 ounce box fiber- and calcium- enriched spaghetti (such as Ronzoni Smart Taste)

Make It

1. Heat oven to 375 degree F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil and place a baking rack over it; coat rack with nonstick cooking spray and set aside.

2. In a large bowl, combine bread pieces and milk and let stand for 5 minutes or until bread softens. Mash with fork until a paste forms. Add chicken, Parmesan,

3. 2 tablespoons of the parsley and 1/2 teaspoon salt, and stir until evenly mixed.

4. With clean hands kept wet with water, shape mixture into thirty 1-1/2-inch meatballs. Place meatballs on prepared rack and bake at 375 degree F for 24 minutes.

5. While meatballs are cooking, make sauce. Heat oil in a nonstick medium-size skillet over medium heat. Add garlic and cook for 1 minute. Add tomatoes, balsamic vinegar, Italian seasoning and black pepper and increase heat to medium-high. Cook for about 13 minutes. Stir in remaining 1/8 teaspoon salt and 2 tablespoons parsley.

6. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and reserve 1/2 cup pasta water. Transfer pasta to a large serving bowl and top with meatballs. Stir pasta water into sauce and spoon sauce on top of pasta and meatballs.

Nutrition Facts

Servings Per Recipe: 6; Amount Per Serving: cal. (kcal): 432, Fat, total (g): 13, chol. (mg): 93, sat. fat (g): 3, carb. (g): 65, fiber (g): 10, pro. (g): 24, sodium (mg): 394, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.