When it starts getting cooler out I (and I'm sure everyone else) really craves good warm comfort food. Something warm and full of carbs and super filling is really comforting in the fall and winter months. Pretty soon I'm going to jump on the soup train and make some warm yummy soup to come home to and warm up with.
This recipe has turkey meatballs instead of the traditional beef. I was worried they wouldn't be as moist but let me tell ya' I didn't miss the beef at all. The meatballs were moist and flavorful. The different vegetables in them gave them an interesting texture that was much better than the one-note texture you get from most meatballs. I absolutely love this sauce as it is spicy and I love it hot :) This recipe is definitely a keeper and I don't even have to feel guilty about it as this is an Ellie Krieger recipe. She's all about eating healthy and light and has yet to dissapoint me.
Whole Wheat Spaghetti with Turkey Meatballs and Spicy Tomato Sauce
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
3 tablespoons tomato paste
1 (28-ounce) can crushed fire-roasted tomatoes, liquid included
1 teaspoon finely minced canned chipotle en adobo and sauce, or more to taste
2 teaspoons chopped oregano leaves
1 sprig fresh rosemary
1/4 cup torn fresh basil leaves
1 pound ground turkey meat
1 slice fresh whole-wheat bread, crusts removed, pulsed into crumbs
1/4 cup grated Parmesan, plus more for serving
1/2 cup finely grated carrot
1/2 cup finely chopped onion
2 large cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley leaves, plus more for garnish
2 teaspoons minced fresh thyme leaves
1 egg, lightly beaten
1/2 teaspoon salt
Freshly ground black pepper
1 box (16 ounces) whole-wheat spaghetti
Fill a large stockpot with water and bring to a boil for pasta.
In a 4-quart saucepan heat the oil over medium heat. Saute the onions until translucent, about 3 minutes, then add the garlic and cook for 1 minute more. Add tomato paste, tomatoes, chipotles, oregano, rosemary, and salt. Bring all the ingredients to a low boil, reduce heat and cook for approximately 15 minutes, until liquid has evaporated slightly. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. While sauce is cooking, make meatballs.
Preheat the broiler. Spray a baking sheet with cooking spray. Combine the turkey with all other ingredients in a large work bowl. Form into 2 1/2 -inch balls and place on a baking sheet. Broil for 10 minutes, or until browned and almost entirely cooked through.
Meanwhile, remove rosemary sprig from sauce and add fresh basil. Add the meatballs to the sauce, cover, and cook additional 10 minutes, or until sauce has slightly thickened and meatballs have absorbed some of the sauce. While the meatballs are cooking, cook the whole-wheat spaghetti according to package directions.
Drain the pasta and return it to the pot. Add the sauce and meatballs, toss and heat through over medium heat. Divide evenly among 4 pasta bowls and garnish with parsley and 1 tablespoon grated Parmesan.
Yield: 6 servings (1 serving equals about 1 1/3 cups pasta and sauce, plus 2 meatballs