6 Ways To Make Spaghetti & Meatballs So Healthy, Your Waistline Will Rejoice!

by Simona Terron

A steaming plate of traditionally prepared spaghetti and meatballs is go-to for comfort food, but if you're watching your weight, the meal can be a caloric nightmare. Figure that a plateful of homemade pasta with approximately 1 1/2 cups of spaghetti served with sauce and two meatballs (made with a mix of regular beef, veal and pork) can ring in at a whopping 1,060 calories!

But as our popular cooking shows like Flip My Food, Recipe Rehab, and Healthy Gourmet can attest, eating healthier doesn't mean giving up your favorite foods. You simply need to swap out some ingredients to create a healthier version you can eat guilt free. Check out where to watch these shows — and many more — plus clips and full episodes here.

Here's 6 Healthy Ways To "Flip" Or "Rehab" Your Favorite Spaghetti & Meatballs Recipe:

1. Halve your carb intake by replacing the spaghetti with sweet potato or zucchini ribbon "noodles" made with an ordinary vegetable peeler, or a spiralizer. These have to be blanched in boiling salted water, and drained.

2. For the meatballs, swap ground turkey for beef. This means you will be eating two-thirds less saturated fat, without losing out on the iron.

3. Replace the breadcrumbs in the meatball mixture with cooked farro and season with turmeric and oregano besides the usual salt and pepper.

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4. Instead of whole eggs, use only egg whites to bind the meatball mixture.

5. Instead of frying the meatballs, bake them on parchment paper for around 30 minutes or till golden brown.

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6. Finally, use half the amount of cheese you originally would top your meal with. Enjoy!

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