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Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Spaghetti and Meatballs—With Chili

RileyAdamsFoodBlogPostpic_thumb_thumb[3]In our house, we have some meals that are in heavy rotation. These meals are usually quick and easy and popular with the children.

One of these meals is spaghetti and meatballs. I think that I could probably fix that for them every day and they wouldn’t make a peep of disapproval.

But—well, the grown-ups in the house get a little tired of the same thing. Just like we can’t watch the same DVD over and over again like the kids can. So it’s nice to make a family favorite—with a twist.

This is a recipe that’s a twist on the spaghetti and meatball classic. It’s originally a Southern Living recipe and it’ll make you feel like you’re eating something different…but comfortingly the same.

Sometimes I’ll substitute ground turkey for ground beef—just to be a little healthier. I usually have most of these ingredients in my pantry and fridge, so it’s a good recipe to have in a pinch. I like the black beans in this recipe—they’re so healthy and I’ve made an effort in the past year to include them more and more in recipes.


Chili-Style Spaghetti and Meatballs
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  • 1 1/2 pounds ground round
  • 1 tablespoon grated onion
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 12 ounces uncooked spaghetti
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 (14 1/2-oz.) can diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 (14-oz.) can beef broth
  • 1 (6-oz.) can tomato paste
  • 1 (4-oz.) can chopped green chiles
  • 1 (15-oz.) can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • Toppings: shredded Cheddar cheese, sour cream, chopped red onion


1. Combine ground round, 1 Tbsp. onion, and next 2 ingredients in a large bowl just until blended. Gently shape meat mixture into 18 (1 1/2-inch) balls.

2. Place a lightly greased rack in an aluminum foil-lined broiler pan. Arrange meatballs on rack.

3. Bake at 350° for 15 minutes or until browned. (Centers will be slightly pink.)

4. Prepare pasta according to package directions. Keep warm.

5. Cook chili powder in hot oil in a Dutch oven over medium heat, stirring constantly, 2 minutes. Stir in tomatoes and next 3 ingredients. Gently stir meatballs into tomato mixture. Bring to a boil; cover, reduce heat, and simmer, stirring occasionally, 10 minutes. Gently stir in beans, and cook 3 more minutes. Serve immediately with spaghetti and desired toppings.

IMG_20110405_141359Do you like new twists on old favorites? What have you tried before?

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