Hearty, healthy and everyone's favourite Italian dish – don't you want pasta and meatballs for supper tonight? Unlike traditional recipes, these meatballs are low in fat, yet they're full of the terrific taste you crave.
*Make turkey or chicken meatballs, using minced turkey or chicken breasts instead of minced beef.
*For spicy meatballs, add ½ tsp crushed dried chillies, or more to taste, to the meat mixture.
*Try other pasta shapes such as penne or rigatoni in place of the fusilli. For added fibre, choose wholemeal pasta.
*Serve the pasta with a mixed salad or a vegetable. A quickly made dish of courgettes, peppers, green beans or asparagus, sautéed in 1 tsp olive oil with some crushed garlic and black pepper, is delicious.
Pasta with meatballs is a healthy dish, especially when you include cooked tomatoes. Studies have shown that lycopene, a phytochemical in tomatoes, is best absorbed by the body if the tomatoes are cooked, not raw.
Would add some sugar with the tomatoes as this reduces the acidity. Do this to most all savoury dishes that have tomatoes in them. Was given this tip by an Indian friend when she shared some curry recipies with me. - 13 Aug 2012
Altered ingredient amounts. When I make this again I will add more herbs and spices, and probably blend some red peppers with the tomaotes or add a little stock, as it was too tangy. I would also alter the amount of liquid used for the meatballs, as they were quite soft. - 02 Apr 2009
This was a nice dish, though very tomatoey and tangy. Will make again but with alterations. - 02 Apr 2009