Tasty meatballs by DeVito

January 30, 2008|By Linda Gassenheimer | Linda Gassenheimer,McClatchy-Tribune

Actor Danny DeVito told me that his meatballs are so good he insisted they appear on the menu of his new restaurant, DeVito South Beach, in Miami Beach.

Mixing the ground sirloin with water-soaked bread makes the meatballs light and fluffy. Add a salad and dinner is served.

Spaghetti and Meatballs

-- Makes 2 servings

2 slices whole-wheat bread

1/2 pound lean ground sirloin

2 medium garlic cloves, crushed

8 fresh sage leaves, chopped (or 1 teaspoon dried sage)

1/2 cup frozen chopped onion

2 tablespoons raisins

1 large egg

salt and freshly ground pepper

1 tablespoon olive oil

3/4 cup pasta sauce

4 ounces spaghetti

Bring a large saucepan of water to a boil.

Meanwhile, pour 1 cup water over bread and set aside. Place sirloin, garlic, sage, onion, raisins and egg in a bowl or food processor. Squeeze the bread dry and add it to the meat mixture; pulse or stir just to combine. Add salt and pepper to taste. Form into 4 balls.

Heat oil in a small nonstick skillet. Brown the meatballs on all sides, about 5 minutes. Mix pasta sauce with 3/4 cup water and add to pan. Simmer 10 minutes, carefully turning the meatballs once.

Meanwhile, cook spaghetti in boiling water according to package instructions. Drain and divide between 2 plates. Top with meatballs and sauce.

Per serving: 638 calories, 19 grams fat, 4 grams saturated fat, 175 milligrams cholesterol, 39 grams protein, 76 grams carbohydrate, 7 grams fiber, 638 milligrams sodium

Recipe analysis provided by the Miami Herald.

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