High fibre, one pot spaghetti and meatballs
I am an exceptionally messy cook, especially when I am doing meal prep. I am often left with washing up a pile of pots and pans, so one pot meals make me a very happy cook. I love the adding extra veg to all my dishes and this one in particular has some hidden pumpkin and zoodles to increase the fibre and help you meet your recommended intake of vegetables. I also like zoodles as a spaghetti substitute but find I don't get as full from them. If you are like me then the combination of wholemeal pasta in conjunction with your zoodles will further your fibre intake and help keep you fuller for longer.
- 500g lean turkey mince*
- 1 red onion diced
- 1 egg
- 2 gloves of garlic diced
- 1 tsp olive oil
- 200g wholemeal spaghetti
- 1 zucchini, spiralised
- 300g pumpkin, cubed
- 1 bottle of passata
- 1/2 bunch basil
- 2 tbsp italian herbs
- salt and pepper to taste
- Heat a large fry pan over medium heat, drizzle over olive oil and heat.
- Combine mince, egg and half of diced onion. Roll into tbsp size balls and place 5-6 around the pan depending on the size. Flatten slightly, and cook on all sides until cooked through. Repeat until all meatballs are cooked.
- Meanwhile, place pumpkin in a microwave safe bowl with a tbsp of water, cover and cook for 5-6 minutes until softened. Set aside.
- Once meatballs are cooked remove from pan and add remaining onion and garlic. Saute until soft, return meatballs back to pan and cover with passata. Fill the passata jar with 1 cup of water, replace lid and shake to get excess contents out of jar, pour into pan.
- Tear basil leaves and add to pan with italian herbs and seasoning, mix gently through. Simmer for 5 minutes.
- Break the strands of spaghetti apart and add to pan with zoodles and pumpkin. Gently lift sauce and meatballs to cover spaghetti.
- Cook for a further 8-10 minutes until spaghetti is cooked. If sauce looks dry add more water and seasoning.
- Serve with salad or steamed vegetables.
- *Can use any mince, veal, pork or chicken would also work well.
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