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Meatballs with Sweet and Sassy Sauce

No recipe image available.Meatballs made with a blend of ground turkey and beef are simmered in a spicy, lightly sweet sauce that will get your attention. Serve over pasta or rice.

Recipe Ingredients:

1 pound ground turkey breast
1 pound ground sirloin
2 large eggs, slightly beaten
3/4 cup saltine cracker crumbs
1/4 cup grated Asiago cheese
3 tablespoons minced onion
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

1 cup medium salsa
1 (14.75-ounce) can reduced-fat and sodium chicken broth
1 (12-ounce) can tomato paste
1/4 cup Equal® Spoonful*
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 teaspoons Jamaican jerk seasoning
Hot cooked rice or pasta (optional)

Cooking Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 425°F (220°C).
  2. For Meatballs: Combine all ingredients. Shape into 1 1/2-inch diameter meatballs. Place on 15x10x1-inch baking pan. Bake 18 to 20 minutes. Remove pan from oven to wire rack.
  3. Meanwhile, for Sauce, combine all ingredients in large saucepan with cover. Place cooked meatballs in sauce. Heat to simmer over medium heat. Simmer, covered, 20 minutes to blend flavors. Serve over hot cooked rice or pasta, if desired.

Makes 8 servings.

*May substitute 6 packets Equal sweetener.

Nutritional Information Per Serving (1/8 of recipe): calories 266, protein 28 g, carbohydrate 16 g, fat 10 g, cholesterol 131 mg, sodium 461 mg.

Food Exchanges: 4 lean meat, 1 starch.

Recipe provided courtesy of Merisant Corporation ® and the NutraSweet Company, makers of Equal®.

Information on the artificial sweetener Aspartame.