Spaghetti and Giant Meatballs

October is Healthy Pasta Month.

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Any month that celebrates pasta? Count me in.  So, imagine my excitement to be the chosen blogger to kick off Healthy Pasta Month for Dreamfields Pasta

As you probably know, I have been working with Dreamfields for several years now, and since the first taste, they’ve been my go-to brand of choice.  Better for me, better for my family, and such a great texture and bite…why wouldn’t I choose it over and over again?

My assignment was to offer up a delicious Spaghetti and Meatball recipe for you, and after you try it, I think you’ll see I have delivered. GIANT meatballs, where you only need one per plate. Because I know that many of you don’t have the time to make your own sauce, and some of you would also never consider NOT making your own sauce from scratch, I have left the sauce option open to your choice.  It’s the meatballs that you need to recreate, and as you will see, they take no time to make or to prepare.

In about 30 minutes start to finish, you’ll have a plate full of spaghetti and giant meatballs to share with your family and friends, and you’ll wonder why you ever bought pre-made meatballs.  You never will again!

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Spaghetti and Giant Meatballs

Serves 6

Ingredients

1 box Dreamfields Spaghetti

For the Meatballs:

  • 1/2 pound ground beef 85/15
  • 4 ounces Ricotta cheese
  • 3 ounces finely grated Parmesan cheese
  • Zest of 1/2 lemon
  • One egg
  • Salt to taste

For the sauce:

  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 36 ounces of good quality no-sugar-added tomato sauce
  • Salt to taste, if desired
  • A pinch of sugar
  • fresh basil, if desired

Instructions

  1. Mix all of the meatball ingredients together with your hands. Divide the mix and shape 6 large meatballs.
  2. In a large, deep pan, melt the butter and stir in the garlic. Add the tomato sauce, salt, and sugar and place in the meatballs and cook for 20-25 minutes.
  3. While meatballs are cooking, prepare the spaghetti noodles according to box instructions. Drain noodles and plate as desired.
  4. Spoon over the sauce and meatballs and serve with a sprinkle of fresh basil, if desired.

Makes 6 servings. *To ensure meatballs are cooked through, test with an instant-read thermometer; internal temperature should be 160°F. Nutrition information (1/6 of recipe):  480 calories; 25 g protein; 59 g carbohydrates; 17 g total fat; 9 g saturated fat; 90 mg cholesterol; 300 mg sodium; 8 g total dietary fiber.

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The Giveaway

Courtesy of Dreamfields, I have a prize pack of their incredible pasta plus a $25 gift card to spend as you choose! All you need to do to win is share a link to my post on Facebook or Twitter, and include the hashtag #HealthyPastaMonth. Then, return here and leave me a comment letting me know you did…and voila, you’re entered!

Need more?  Yes!  All month long, Dreamfields is featuring a different blogger every day and sharing their pasta recipes.  For more, follow their tweets, posts, pins, pictures and videos for delicious recipes and helpful information.

Disclaimer:  I am an ambassador for Dreamfields Pasta.  All thoughts and opinions are my own. Giveaway courtesy of and provided by Dreamfields. One Random Winner will be notified by email provided. US addresses only, ages 18 and up. Contest ends October 16, 2015 11:59pm EST.

Comments

  1. As a distance runner I eat my fair share of pasta and love the taste and texture of Dreamfields. The way I look at it, pasta has to be served with meatballs. I make turkey meatball often and had a veggie pecan meatball at a local restaurant that was over the top, for not containing any meat it was spot on with the texture.

  2. Dreamfield is the only pasta I buy now to help lower my blood sugar and because it tastes great. I just shared the recipe on my FB page. Can’t wait to try it.

  3. Terry Cross says:
  4. lynn shriber says:

    I shared this recipe. It looks easy and delicious. Thanks!

  5. This looks incredibly delicious! I shared the link to twitter. #HealthyPastaMonth

  6. Gaylene Schiller says:

    I love Dreamfield pasta , I hope you are trying to make wide noodles next. I need me some roast and noodles.. I just want to THANK YOU for allowing us Diabetics a chance to eat pasta again. . Thank you so much, love all the pastas..

  7. Marla Hoffman says:

    Shared your post, and now I’m going to make the recipe! Delicious!
    https://twitter.com/feet2eat

  8. Dreamfield is the only pasta we use. I wish they would make a soup pasta like ditalini or orso, as I make alot of soup during the cooler months .

  9. Monica De Witt says:

    I love Dreamfields- I think of it as guilt-free pasta!

  10. Monica De Witt says:

    I love Dreamfields pasta I think of it as guilt free pasta

  11. I shared the post from Facebook to my timeline with the hashtag.

  12. Donna Wood says:

    Love the fact that being diabetic I can eat some pasta and it tastes so very good! Love it!

  13. I shared the link to your blog by sharing your facebook post on my FB page! 🙂 I was introduced to Dreamfields pasta during my pregmancy (gestational diabetes) and now I only purchase Dreamfields! So hearty and filling without all the carbs. Now for baby #2!

  14. I am not too sure what a pregmancy is… haha… I assure you it was during my pregnancy. 😉

  15. Shared on FB

  16. tweeted. i much prefer giant meatballs to tiny ones…don’t dry out as quickly, for one.

  17. nancy keenan says:

    Shared with #HealthyPastaMonth

  18. Brenda Haines says:
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  20. Hello – I couldn’t find a way to contact you through e-mail so I thought I would leave a comment. People on Safari and Firefox are having trouble with your website. Your site shows up briefly and then another website appears on top and blocks your site. The website that appears and blocks your site is called searchesinteractive.com. I can get through on Google Chrome because I have adblock. I don’t know if that has anything to do with it.

    • doughmesstic says:

      YeS! I have been hacked. I am working to fix it now…thank you for letting me know. What a friend!

  21. I don’t do teitter, facebook etc only email. I love dreamfields past but find it difficult to get in my grocery’s. when I go to ralphs’s or stater brothers they dont carry different pastas.
    HELP
    where do I get the different cuts. We use most;ly spagehti or linguine.
    thank you

  22. Sheila K. says:
  23. Jennifer Essad says:

    https://twitter.com/doughmesstic/status/649702879452790784 – I like your recipe and hope to try it this weekend

  24. Colleen M says:

    I posted on face book
    I’m making the giant meatball recipe tonight! Yummm

  25. Chicago Marathon coming up this weekend & this looks like a fine recipe for participants.

  26. How we love, love pasta..thanks
    Tweeted
    https://twitter.com/vickievirt/status/654883555923857408

  27. Amanda Sakovitz says:
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  29. Oh those meatballs sound so good with the ricotta cheese in them! YUM!
    I shared on twitter https://twitter.com/ilovemybeagle22/status/655115142514892801

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  31. shelly peterson says:

    shared
    https://twitter.com/cshell202/status/657429676369973248
    cshell090869 at aol dot com