Lean Baked Meatballs Marinara

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Ingredients
Total Recipe Time:  30 to 35 minutes
Makes 4 servings


1 pound Ground Beef (96% lean)
1/4 cup seasoned dry bread crumbs
2 egg whites or 1 egg, beaten
2 tablespoons water
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
2 cups heart healthy or regular pasta sauce
4 cups hot cooked pasta
4 tablespoons shredded Parmesan cheese (optional)
Instructions
1.Heat oven to 400°F. Combine Ground Beef, bread crumbs, egg whites, water, salt and pepper in large bowl, mixing lightly but thoroughly. Shape into twelve 2-inch meatballs. Place on rack in broiler pan that has been sprayed with cooking spray. Bake in 400°F oven 18 to 20 minutes.
2.Heat pasta sauce according to package directions in medium saucepan. Add hot cooked meatballs to pasta sauce; stir to coat evenly. Serve over pasta. Sprinkle with cheese, if desired.


Cook's Tip:  Cooking times are for fresh or thoroughly thawed Ground Beef. Ground Beef should be cooked to an internal temperature of 160°F. Color is not a reliable indicator of Ground Beef doneness.

Cook's Tip:  For easy clean up, line broiler pan (not rack) with aluminum foil.

Nutritional Information
Nutrition information per serving: 458 calories; 7 g fat (2 g saturated fat; 1 g monounsaturated fat); 65 mg cholesterol; 726 mg sodium; 62 g carbohydrate; 5.9 g fiber; 35 g protein; 8.1 mg niacin; 0.4 mg vitamin B6; 2.1 mcg vitamin B12; 5.5 mg iron; 59.6 mcg selenium; 6.1 mg zinc; 89.2 mg choline.


This recipe is an excellent source of fiber, protein, niacin, vitamin B6, vitamin B12, iron, selenium and zinc; and a good source of choline.
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