Spaghetti and Spicy Rice Balls

Pan-fried rice and oat balls offer the perfect vegetarian twist on classic spaghetti and meatballs.

  • Prep Time 25 min
  • Total Time 25 min
  • Servings 6

Ingredients

1
package (16 ounces) uncooked spaghetti
2
cups cooked white rice
1/2
cup quick-cooking oats
1
medium onion, chopped (1/2 cup)
1/4
cup Progresso™ plain bread crumbs
1/4
cup milk
1
tablespoon chopped fresh or 1 teaspoon dried basil leaves
2
teaspoons chopped fresh or 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano leaves
1/4
teaspoon ground red pepper (cayenne)
1
egg, beaten
1/2
cup wheat germ
1
tablespoon vegetable oil
2
cups spaghetti sauce
Shredded Parmesan cheese, if desired

  • 1 Cook and drain spaghetti as directed on package.
  • 2 In large bowl, mix rice, oats, onion, bread crumbs, milk, basil, oregano, red pepper and egg. Shape into 12 balls. Roll balls in wheat germ.
  • 3 In 10-inch skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Cook balls in oil about 10 minutes, turning occasionally, until golden brown.
  • 4 Heat spaghetti sauce until hot. Serve sauce and rice balls over spaghetti. Sprinkle with cheese.

Expert Tips

Decrease the amount of ground red pepper for a milder version of this recipe.

These "meatballs" are rolled in a small amount of wheat germ to give them a golden brown color, bit of crunch and nutty flavor. Store wheat germ in the refrigerator to keep it fresh.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
565
(
Calories from Fat
90),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
10g
10%
(Saturated Fat
2g,
2%
),
Cholesterol
35mg
35%;
Sodium
470mg
470%;
Total Carbohydrate
107g
107%
(Dietary Fiber
7g
7%
),
Protein
19g
19%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
8%;
Vitamin C
12%;
Calcium
8%;
Iron
32%;
Exchanges:
6 Starch; 0 Fruit; 0 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 3 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 0 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
 
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.