Zesty Turkey Spaghetti with Meatballs over whole wheat pasta

AuthorKim Robinson
RatingDifficultyIntermediate

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And I love to cook with wine... sometimes it even goes into the food..."..grin...
But seriously... if you're like me you often don't even finish a bottle of wine you may open. Good thing that wine is a great for cooking. It's a way to add loads of flavor while adding no fat. No hard fast rules here... I just smell the cooking food while touching the wine to my tongue. If the flavors seem to match and I'm in a creative mood, in goes a splash of the wine. And don't worry about getting drunk, the alcohol cooks out.

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Yields1 Serving
Prep Time15 minsCook Time30 minsTotal Time45 mins

 2 tbsp Extra virgin Olive Oil
 4 Cloves crushed garlic
  tsp Crushed red pepper flakes
 1 Medium red onion
 2 Stalks chopped celery
 2 cups Canned diced tomatoes
 1 cup Vegetable broth
 ½ cup Dry red wine
  cup Fresh chopped basil
 1 tsp Dried oregano
 ½ tsp Coriander
 Salt and pepper to taste
 1 lb Whole wheat spaghetti
 1 lb Lean ground turkey breast
 2 Cloves minced garlic
 1 cup Fresh bread crumbs
 ½ cup Finely chopped onion
 ½ cup Chopped parsley
 1 tsp Thyme
 ½ tsp Cumin
 1 Large beaten egg
 Non stick cooking spray

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Non-stick cooking spray

Sauce:
Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in large skillet over medium heat. Add garlic, crushed red pepper, red onion, and celery; sauté 10 minutes or until onions begin to brown. Stir in tomatoes. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add broth, wine, basil, oregano and coriander. Simmer 20 minutes.
Meatballs:
While sauce is simmering, add 1/4 cup of the sauce to the meat and mix in. Then combine turkey, garlic, bread crumbs, onion, parsley, thyme, cumin and egg in large bowl. Mix well, and form into 1-inch meatballs. Lightly coat large skillet with cooking spray. Add meatballs; cook until browned on all sides.
Add meatballs to sauce. Add in salt and pepper to taste. Cover and simmer for 15 minutes or until meatballs are cooked through. Remove from heat, and serve over cooked whole wheat spaghetti.
Great with wheat bun broiled with butter and garlic and a pinch of sea salt. (Garlic Bread) Serves 8.

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Ingredients

 2 tbsp Extra virgin Olive Oil
 4 Cloves crushed garlic
  tsp Crushed red pepper flakes
 1 Medium red onion
 2 Stalks chopped celery
 2 cups Canned diced tomatoes
 1 cup Vegetable broth
 ½ cup Dry red wine
  cup Fresh chopped basil
 1 tsp Dried oregano
 ½ tsp Coriander
 Salt and pepper to taste
 1 lb Whole wheat spaghetti
 1 lb Lean ground turkey breast
 2 Cloves minced garlic
 1 cup Fresh bread crumbs
 ½ cup Finely chopped onion
 ½ cup Chopped parsley
 1 tsp Thyme
 ½ tsp Cumin
 1 Large beaten egg
 Non stick cooking spray

Directions

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Non-stick cooking spray

Sauce:
Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in large skillet over medium heat. Add garlic, crushed red pepper, red onion, and celery; sauté 10 minutes or until onions begin to brown. Stir in tomatoes. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add broth, wine, basil, oregano and coriander. Simmer 20 minutes.
Meatballs:
While sauce is simmering, add 1/4 cup of the sauce to the meat and mix in. Then combine turkey, garlic, bread crumbs, onion, parsley, thyme, cumin and egg in large bowl. Mix well, and form into 1-inch meatballs. Lightly coat large skillet with cooking spray. Add meatballs; cook until browned on all sides.
Add meatballs to sauce. Add in salt and pepper to taste. Cover and simmer for 15 minutes or until meatballs are cooked through. Remove from heat, and serve over cooked whole wheat spaghetti.
Great with wheat bun broiled with butter and garlic and a pinch of sea salt. (Garlic Bread) Serves 8.

Zesty Turkey Spaghetti with Meatballs over whole wheat pasta

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