Pasta and Meatballs with Broccoli

The broccoli makes this a nutritionally balanced meal.  Kids can be put to work separating it into small florets, and also rolling tablespoonfulls of the meat mixture into balls.

pasta and meatballs with broccoli

Pasta and Meatballs with Broccoli

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound ground sirloin
  • ¼ cup minced fresh onion
  • 2 Tbsp dry breadcrumbs
  • ¼ tsp garlic salt
  • ¼ pepper
  • 1 large egg white, lightly beaten
  • 1 (25 oz) jar pasta sauce
  • 8 oz dry pasta (spaghetti, penne, or whatever your family likes best)
  • 1 ½ cups small broccoli florets

Directions:

  1. Cook the pasta according to package directions, but add the broccoli to the boiling water for the last 7 minutes.  Drain and rinse with cool water.
  2. Combine the fist six ingredients, plus 2 Tbsp of the pasta sauce in a medium bowl.  Shape the meat mixture into 25 (1-inch) meatballs.
  3. Place a large nonstick skillet coated with cooking spray over medium heat.  Add the meatballs, and cook 6 minutes, browning on all sides.  Stir in the remaining sauce.  Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 10 minutes.
  4. Serve the meatballs over the pasta and broccoli.  Add grated Parmesan cheese, if desired.
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