Italian-Style Meatball Recipe (Heart-Healthy)

Italian-Style Meatball Recipe (Heart-Healthy)

Italian-Style Meatball Recipe (Heart-Healthy)

Ingredients:

Topping

1 cup seeded and diced tomato

1/4 cup finely chopped sweet onion

2 tbsp. chopped fresh basil

1 tsp. chopped garlic

1/4 tsp. each salt and black pepper

Meatballs

1 lb. extra-lean ground beef (4% fat or less)

1/4 cup panko breadcrumbs

1/4 cup egg whites or fat-free liquid egg substitute

2 tsp. chopped garlic

1/4 tsp. onion powder

1/4 tsp. each salt and black pepper

3/4 cup low-fat marinara sauce

1/4 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese

1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese

Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray an 8" X 8" baking pan with nonstick spray.

In a medium bowl, combine all topping ingredients. Gently mix until uniform. Cover and refrigerate. In a large bowl, combine ground beef, breadcrumbs, egg whites/substitute, garlic, onion powder, salt, and black pepper. Firmly and evenly form into 12 meatballs.

Lay meatballs in the baking pan, and evenly top with marinara sauce.

Cover pan with foil and bake for 20 minutes.

Remove foil, and bake until meatballs are cooked through about 10 minutes.

Sprinkle with mozzarella and Parm. Bake until the mozzarella has melted, about 5 minutes.

Finish with topping.

MAKES 4 SERVINGS

Serving Size: 1/4th of recipe (3 meatballs with sauce and toppings) Calories: 255Fat: 8.5g Sodium: 681mg Carbs: 11g Fiber: 2g Sugars: 4.5g Protein: 31.5g PointsPlus® value 6*Original Italian-Style

Meatball Nutritional Information

Serving Size: 1 order (3 meatballs with sauce and toppings) Calories: 790 Fat: 61g Sodium: 1,930mg Carbs: 39g Fiber: 3g Sugars: n.a. Protein: 23g

PointsPlus® value 22*

Contact

Marybeth Mitcham
Nutrition, Food Safety, and Healthy Living Educator
mem467@cornell.edu
518-623-3291 or 668-4881

Last updated December 9, 2020