High Protein Spaghetti & Meatballs
Here’s an easy but delicious way to put a big dent in your daily protein macro goal while doing IIFYM.
Heck, even if you aren’t doing flexible dieting this recipe is delicious, so give it a try.
In less than an hour you and your family can be eating a very satisfying and nutritious meal using this High Protein Spaghetti and Meatball recipe.
Feel free to adjust the portions to fit your macro goals, but I developed the recipe to serve 4.
Ingredients You’ll Need
- 1 pound (454 g) of 95% lean ground beef
- 2 eggs
- 1 large carrot finely grated
- 3 cups baby spinach chopped
- 1 teaspoon garlic salt
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper
- 2 tablespoons oregano
- 1 cup bread crumbs (can be gluten-free)
- A 25 ounce (709 g) Jar Pasta Sauce (I used Trader Joe’s Organic)
- A 7 ounce (200 g) package of Organic Black Bean Spaghetti (Explore Asian brand)
- ¼ cup finely shredded parmesan cheese.
Putting It Together
Make the Meatballs:
1. In a large bowl combine the beef, eggs, carrot, spinach, garlic salt, black pepper, oregano, and bread crumbs. Mix until all of the ingredients are evenly dispersed throughout. (I use my hands, which is much quicker and easier than stirring.)
2. Form the meat mixture into 2 inch balls and place them on a parchment lined baking sheet. (Should make 12 meatballs) Preheat the oven to 375° F or 190° C and then bake the meatballs for about 30 minutes.
The Pasta and Sauce:
1. Simply boil the pasta for about 8 minutes as directed on the package and then drain and rinse the pasta with hot water.
2. Heat the pasta sauce on the stove or in the microwave.
Place ¼ of the pasta on each plate, add three meatballs, add ¼ of the pasta sauce and sprinkle with ¼ of the shredded parmesan cheese. Serve!
This recipe also makes for great leftovers and can be portioned and placed in plastic containers for taking to work or for use later in the week.
High Protein Spaghetti & Meatballs Macros
Per serving based on 4 servings per recipe shown above:
- Protein: 69 grams
- Net Carbs: 35 grams
- Fat: 19 grams
- Fiber: 18 grams
This recipe is great for those whose goal is to build muscle and find it hard to reach their daily protein goal without using a lot of supplementation.
It also is a great fit for those that are trying to cut back on the carbs. Whatever your goals are I’m sure you’ll love this recipe as much as I do.
If you give it a try, I would love to hear your feedback below.
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