This is one of my favorite dishes. It's so yummy and nutritious too! It can be a quick, easy meal if you already have meatballs premade (or store-bought). Even the kids and hubby like it.
It may look like a complicated recipe, but most of it is for making the meatballs (which you can totally cheat on).
The recipe if from Jessica Seinfeld's (Jerry Seinfeld's wife) cookbook Deceptively Delicious. It's an awesome cookbook!
1 small onion, chopped (i put mine in the food processor to make them really fine to minimize whining from kids)
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 28-oz can whole peeled tomatoes, with their juice
1/4 c carrot puree
1 1/2 tsp salt
3 c beef or chicken broth
3 slices whole-wheat bread, cubed (i used about 1/2c of oatmeal instead)
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1/4 c sweet potato puree
1/4 c non-fat skim milk (or milk powder)
2 TBSP grated parmesan, plus more for serving
1/4 tsp pepper
1/4 tsp paprika
1/2 lb ground turkey or beef
1. In large pot, add 1 tsp olive oil over med-high heat. Add onion and garlic and cook until softened, but not browned, about 3-4 minutes.
2. Puree tomatoes & their juice with the carrot puree in a food processor or blender. Add to pot with 1/2 tsp salt. Add the broth, reduce heat to low, and simmer, covered, for 10-15 minutes.
3. In a large bowl, put in the bread (or oatmeal), egg, sweet potato puree, milk, parmesan, 1 tsp salt, pepper & paprika. Let soak until the bread is soft. Stir to break up the bread, add the meat/turkey, and mix until smooth. Form into mini-meatballs 1/2 inch in diameter.
4. Add the meatballs to the pot. Simmer, covered, until the meatballs are no longer pink, 12-15 minutes. Stir in cooked pasta (like bow-ties). Served sprinkled with parmesan.
That is the official recipe.
Nicole's Notes: I usually use about 2 lbs of ground beef and bake & freeze the remainder of the meatballs. We like it over angel hair pasta and call it "spaghetti soup". I don't use the carrot puree. I used all sweet potato puree. :)
Don't freak out about putting the meatballs in raw. Everything will "cook out". It makes the meatballs melt-in-your-mouth tender and yummy. :)
If you need to make this in a hurry, you can use frozen meatballs....works just as well.