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Spicy Parmesan Meatballs with Angel Hair Pasta

Spicy Parmesan Meatballs with Angel Hair Pasta
  • Prep 50 min
  • Total 50 min
  • Servings 4
Want to eat healthier? Make meatballs with high-fiber cereal, and serve them over delicious whole wheat pasta.
Updated October 29, 2008

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup Fiber One™ original bran cereal
  • 1 lb extra-lean (at least 90%) ground beef
  • 1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese (1 oz)
  • 3/4 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 can (8 oz) tomato sauce
  • 1 can (14.5 oz) diced tomatoes with green pepper and onion, undrained
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper (cayenne)
  • 6 oz uncooked whole wheat angel hair (capellini) pasta
  • Additional shredded Parmesan cheese, if desired
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley, if desired

Steps

  • 1
    Place cereal in resealable food-storage plastic bag; seal bag and finely crush with rolling pin or meat mallet (or finely crush in food processor).
  • 2
    In large bowl, mix crushed cereal, ground beef, 1/4 cup cheese, the Italian seasoning, garlic powder and 1/4 cup of the tomato sauce until well blended. Shape into 16 (1 1/2-inch) meatballs.
  • 3
    Spray 12-inch skillet with cooking spray. Cook meatballs in skillet over medium heat 8 to 10 minutes, turning occasionally, until browned. Drain if necessary.
  • 4
    Add remaining tomato sauce, the tomatoes and red pepper to meatballs; turn meatballs to coat. Cover; cook over medium-low heat 15 to 20 minutes, stirring sauce and turning meatballs occasionally, until meatballs are thoroughly cooked and no longer pink in center.
  • 5
    Meanwhile, cook and drain pasta as directed on package. Serve meatballs over pasta. Top each serving with additional Parmesan cheese and parsley.

  • Beef is a good source of vitamin B-12. Our bodies need B-12 for energy and to maintain a healthy nervous system.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
460
Calories from Fat
110
Total Fat
12g
19%
Saturated Fat
5g
25%
Trans Fat
1/2g
Cholesterol
75mg
25%
Sodium
950mg
40%
Potassium
730mg
21%
Total Carbohydrate
54g
18%
Dietary Fiber
10g
42%
Sugars
9g
Protein
33g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
10%
10%
Vitamin C
10%
10%
Calcium
20%
20%
Iron
40%
40%
Exchanges:
2 1/2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 3 1/2 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 0 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
3 1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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