Monday, January 30, 2012

Slow Cooker Florentine Turkey Meatballs

Want to wow your family with warm comfort food without breaking the calorie-bank? Try these turkey meatballs that are packed with protein and healthy spinach and cooked all day long for that “I slaved over this” taste.

Meatballs: 
1 lb ground turkey
¼ cup Panko breadcrumbs
¼ cup grated parmesan cheese
¼ cup chopped baby spinach
1 egg
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper

Sauce:
1 can (28-oz) tomato sauce
1 bay leaf
½ tsp basil
Salt and pepper to taste
1 tsp extra-virgin olive oil
3 cloves garlic, smashed

12 oz (1 box) Smart Taste or whole wheat thin spaghetti
Parmesan cheese

In a large bowl, combine meatball ingredients by hand. Form into 2-inch balls and set aside.

Add tomato sauce, bay leaf, basil, salt, and pepper to a large Crockpot.  Sauté 3 garlic cloves in olive oil over medium heat until golden brown, but not burnt. Add garlic and oil to sauce. Gently place meatballs in sauce. Cover and cook on low, 4-6 hours.

Prepare pasta per package directions. Serve meatballs over pasta and sprinkle with parmesan cheese.

*Recipe modified from Skinnytaste


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