Spaghetti and Meatballs (low-carb option)

Spaghetti
This is one staple in almost every home. Everyone has their way of making it special. I won’t reveal some of my secrets, but here is a healthier version that is low-carb friendly.

Ingredients:
Sauce-
3 cloves of Garlic
1 can of Organic Whole Tomatoes peeled
1/4 cup grated Parmesan
Pinch of Sugar (or substitute if you must. It helps with the acidity of the tomatoes)
1 teaspoon of each (if dried):Thyme, Rosemary, Oregano, Majoram, Black Pepper, and Basil
Pinch of Sea Salt
1Tablespoon of Tomato Paste
1/2 medium sweet Onion diced
1 tablespoon of pure Olive oil
Meatballs:
1/4 cup of Panko breadcrumbs
1/4 cup grated Parmesan
1/2 medium sweet Onion diced
1 teaspoon of each (if using dried): Rosemary, Oregano, and Black Pepper
1/2lb GroundTurkey Sausage
1/2lb Ground Turkey
1/2 teaspoon of crushed Red Pepper
2 dashes of Hot Sauce (more if you would like)
Cooking Spray to coat pan
Pasta:
1 box Dreamfields Spaghetti Pasta (5 net carbs per serving) or whole grain of your favorite brand
1 clove of Garlic minced
1Tablespoon of pure Olive Oil

Directions:
1.In a medium-large mixing bowl, mix all of the ingredients listed for meatballs, except the cooking spray.
2.Fill a large pot with water and bring to a boil. Follow the instructions on the box of Pasta.
3.While pasta cooks, bring a wide saucepan to meduim-high heat and coat with Cooking Spray.
4. Use a tablespoon to scoop out Meatball Mixture and place in heated pan, leaving space for a bit of expansion. Use thongs to turn meatballs over as the sides become browned.
5. Once the meatballs are browned evenly, remove from pan and set aside on a plate.
6. If the Pasta is done cooking, put one tablespoon of Pure Olive Oil in the pan you just used and saute 1 clove of Minced Garlic until brown. Remove the Garlic. Toss drained Pasta in the oil and set aside.
7. For the Sauce: In the same pan, heat 1tablespoon of Pure Olive Oil on medium- high heat. Saute the Onion and Garlic until softened.
8. Add the Can of Tomatoes, crushing each with your hand (you can use a processor or blender or immersion blender if you prefer a smoother sauce).
9. Add the Tomato Paste, Sugar, Seasonings, and Parmesan. Bring the sauce to a medium boil, and then simmer about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
10. Add the Meatballs to the Sauce, one at a time.
11. Cover and let simmer on low for 15 minutes, stirring very gently once every few minutes.
12. Taste sauce. If it needs something, add it!
13. Serve the Pasta topped with your yummy Sauce and Meatballs! Enjoy!

Tips:
-You can cook sauce the day before for best flavor.
-You can cook the meatballs in the oven at 375 degrees for about 15-20 minutes.
– I like to check the pasta a few minutes before cook time given on boxed instructions.
-If you are using whole grain pasta, it still has a lot of carbohydrates.

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