Recipe by RealCookingDiva
"Chicken meatballs and spaghetti is a great alternative to beef or pork. Now, I love beef and pork, but I wanted to give my family something different. This is a recipe for a family of five, plus a little extra for leftovers."
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1 (16 ounce) can
1 (8 ounce) can
3 (6 ounce) cans
2 1/4 cups
salt and pepper, to taste
dry bread crumbs
grated Parmesan cheese
eggs, lightly beaten
1 (16 ounce) package
This produced a really fresh tasting sauce, which I definitely appreciate! I added fresh garlic and mushrooms (sauteed in a bit of olive oil) to the sauce just because those are 2 things that are vital to spaghetti sauce in this house! The sauce was very simple, but *really* tasty. The only thing I had a problem with were the meatballs... I think next time I will cut the seasoning in half as the italian seasoning was overwhelming; it kinda ruined the flavor of the meatballs for me. That being said, the meatballs had the BEST texture and consistency. Thank you very much, CookingDiva!
Meatball portion of recipe was great. Sauce needs a lot of other ingredients including onions, garlic, peppers (any colour), oregano and I like mushrooms in my sauce too. I usually add a pinch of brown sugar too...removes the acid from the tomatoes.
First let me say this is a fab website for beginner cooks, I'm new to this site and I've only taken a real interest in cooking for my family 3 years ago when I started staying home full time. Anyway,back to the meatballs not only was it an easy recipe to follow,but the meatballs were really good. You would think my 14 year old was NYC food critic with the way he comments about my food,but he told my husband that he liked these so much he was speechless for once. Great recipe I'm becoming more confident with every meal I cook because if this website.
This was really good! The sauce was very light and enjoyable. I used the ground chicken in the meatballs and they were fantastic! I did bake them on 350 for about 20 minutes, per the suggestion of another reviewer. I prefer this to browning them in a skillet because it's easier. =) The chicken made such nice meatballs. They were very filling and much better than beef meatballs!
The only change I have made (after making this several times, it's such a hit!) was adding sauteed onion, green pepper, and garlic, and putting more seasoning in the sauce. A+!
Absolutely fantastic! I am no a cook nor into cooking - just want to make healthy meals my family will eat. I only made the meatballs and used ground turkey rather than chicken simply because that's what I had on hand. I also used Extra Virgin Olive Oil rather than cooking spray in the skillet, works just as well. It was so very easy. I will use this recipe from now on! Thanks!
I loved this recipe. My husband is Italian but gets really bad heartburn from red sauces so he was reluctant to eat this at first, but it didn't give him any heartburn (I did add about 1/4 milk and 1 tbsp. sugar to lessen the acidity). Even my sister who hates pasta and Italian food is asking me on a regular basis to invite her oven again for this dish! The chicken meatballs are amazing...it's like chicken parmesan but in meatball form...so yummy! I prefer this over beef meatballs any day!
I'm torn with this recipe. The meatballs are excellent! I'm starting to cook more with ground chicken and I'm really liking it. Unfortunately, the sauce brings this recipe down. Even with all of the basil, it still tastes like plain tomato sauce from a can. By the time I finished doctoring it up, it beared no resemblance to the recipe.
I use ground turkey and up the italian seasonings, garlic, and parm cheese. A high quality parmesan is a must. I test fry a mini meatball before cooking and add seasoning accordingly before shaping the balls. I bake in a 375 oven for about 30 minutes, easier than panfrying. The sauce recipe is great too, although i tweak it. I saute some onions and garlic in basil olive oil before adding canned tomatoes ( i usually buy the garlic and oregano seasoned, the more flavor the better!) and add more seasoning (I use a spicy italian herb grinder) and red pepper flakes (we like it spicy!). I let it simmer for a long time (an hour or so) to let the flavors meld. So good, we make this about once a week, and any leftovers are even better the next day!
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Chicken Meatballs and Spaghetti
Serving Size: 1/8 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 8
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat: 75
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