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Recipe: Quick & Easy Spaghetti and Meatballs

Recipe: Quick & Easy Spaghetti and Meatballs

Ingredients

1 lb spaghetti or any pasta
1 lb ground beef
½ tsp garlic powder
½ tsp onion powder
½ tsp ground black pepper
½ tsp Kosher salt
2 tsp dried basil
24 fl oz (1 jar) canned tomato sauce
grated or shaved parmesan cheese for topping

Directions

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
Line a baking tray with tin foil.

Place the ground beef in a large bowl.
Season with the garlic powder, onion powder, black pepper salt and basil. With clean hands combine well.

Roll into 1 inch meatballs. Place the meatballs onto the lined baking sheet. Bake for 20 minutes.

While the meatballs are baking, cook the pasta to package directions.
Drain the pasta when it’s done cooking.

Heat the sauce in a skillet. Season to taste with the garlic powder, onion powder etc. if you want it to have more profound flavors.

Top the cooked pasta with the sauce, meatballs and some Parmesan cheese.

~ Marla Meridith

Recipe: One-Pot Meatball & Veggies Tortellini Soup

Ingredients

Directions

~ Marla Meridith

Recipe: One-Pot Meatball & Veggies Tortellini Soup

We love this healthy soup, it comes together really quickly and tastes amazing. Get a few servings of veggies in each bowl.

4 servings

–for the meatballs
3 tbsp olive oil, divided
1/4 cup minced red onion
8 ounces ground beef
1/4 tsp garlic salt
1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley, divided
1 large egg, lightly beaten
–for the soup
2 tbsp olive oil
2 carrots, diced
2 stalks celery, diced
7 cups low-sodium vegetable broth
1 (9-ounce) package refrigerated cheese tortellini
4 cups roughly chopped baby spinach

–Meatballs
Heat 1 tablespoon of the olive oil in a large soup pot or Dutch oven over medium heat. Sauté the onion for about 5 minutes, until fragrant and softened. Remove from the heat, transfer onions to a bowl and let cool a few minutes. Using your hands, combine the onion with the ground beef, garlic salt, black pepper, feta cheese, 1/2 of the parsley and egg. Form into 1-inch meatballs.
–soup
Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in the pan over medium-high heat. Add the meatballs and cook about 4 minutes, turning a few times so all sides brown. Transfer the meatballs to a plate. Add the carrots and celery to the pot cook until just softened, about 5 minutes. Add the broth and bring to a boil. Add the meatballs into the broth along with the other 1/2 of the parsley. Simmer until the meatballs are cooked thorough about 2-3 minutes.
Add the tortellini and cook until they float. Add the spinach and cook until it wilts, about a minute. Serve while hot.

~ Marla Meridith

Recipe: One-Pot Meatball & Veggies Tortellini Soup

We love this healthy soup, it comes together really quickly and tastes amazing. Get a few servings of veggies in each bowl.

4 servings

–for the meatballs
3 tbsp olive oil, divided
1/4 cup minced red onion
8 ounces ground beef
1/4 tsp garlic salt
1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley, divided
1 large egg, lightly beaten
–for the soup
2 tbsp olive oil
2 carrots, diced
2 stalks celery, diced
7 cups low-sodium vegetable broth
1 (9-ounce) package refrigerated cheese tortellini
4 cups roughly chopped baby spinach

–Meatballs
Heat 1 tablespoon of the olive oil in a large soup pot or Dutch oven over medium heat. Sauté the onion for about 5 minutes, until fragrant and softened. Remove from the heat, transfer onions to a bowl and let cool a few minutes. Using your hands, combine the onion with the ground beef, garlic salt, black pepper, feta cheese, 1/2 of the parsley and egg. Form into 1-inch meatballs.
–soup
Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in the pan over medium-high heat. Add the meatballs and cook about 4 minutes, turning a few times so all sides brown. Transfer the meatballs to a plate. Add the carrots and celery to the pot cook until just softened, about 5 minutes. Add the broth and bring to a boil. Add the meatballs into the broth along with the other 1/2 of the parsley. Simmer until the meatballs are cooked thorough about 2-3 minutes.
Add the tortellini and cook until they float. Add the spinach and cook until it wilts, about a minute. Serve while hot.

~ Marla Meridith