Christmas Eve Eve Spaghetti

About three weeks ago I decided to re-incorporate meat into my diet. That’s right, I’m a “recovering vegetarian”. In reality, I loved being a vegetarian – despite grumbling from family (I can hear you!) – but on a serious budget and with a carnivorous boyfriend, I just don’t have the devotion. All of you vegetarians who are sighing in disapproval, I apologize.

That being said, I am exploring only the yummiest, healthiest meaty recipes. Last night, Tim and I made Turkey Meatballs with Linguine and a beautiful side salad. I couldn’t be happier with the way these babies turned out.

cooking meatballs

Turkey Meatballs with Linguine


      Main Dish:

  1. 3/4 cup 1% milk
  2. 2 cups French or Italian bread torn into bite size pieces
  3. 1 large egg, beaten
  4. 1 tsp salt
  5. 1 tsp pepper
  6. 1 tsp italian seasoning
  7. 1 lb lean ground turkey (93%)
  8. 1 1/2 tbsp EVOO
  9. 1/2 lb linguine, cooked as directed.
  10. 1 24 oz jar of your favorite pasta sauce (I love mushroom sauce personally)
  11. *Optional: 2 tbsp of the red wine you are drinking anyway.
  12. Parmesan cheese, for sprinkling if you wish!

    Spinach and Avocado Salad:

  1. 4 cups Baby Spinach Leaves
  2. 1/2 avocado, chopped
  3. 2 Tbsp dried cranberries
  4. 2 Tbsp blue cheese
  5. 1 Tbsp sunflower seeds, walnuts, or pecans
  6. Salt, Pepper, Oil and vinegar to taste


  • Place bread pieces and milk in bowl until milk is completely absorbed – about 10 minutes.
  • Once absorbed, mix in turkey, egg and seasonings. Shape into 16 balls (it may seem difficult, because they are sticky and might fall apart-but they will stay together and it’s worth it!)
  • Heat large skillet over Medium-High heat. Begin boiling water for pasta.
  • Heat EVOO in skillet. Cook meatballs over Medium-High heat until light brown, about 5 minutes, turning a few times to cook evenly.
  • Add pasta sauce to meatballs, cover and cook 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
    *I add the wine at this point-I love the flavor a small bit of red wine adds to pasta sauce.*
  • Cook pasta according to directions
  • Mix salad ingredients together.
  • Plate, sprinkle pasta with Parmesan and enjoy!!


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