the home chef … on dad’s favorite dish

By Harlene Deane

Whenever my daughter asks her dad what his favorite dinner is, his reply is always “spaghetti and meatballs!” We like to keep him healthy so we cook up this recipe …

Spaghetti with Turkey Meatballs

12 ounces ground turkey
4 ounces turkey sausage, casings removed, crumbled
6 tbsp grated Parmesan cheese
4 tbsp chopped fresh Italian parsley
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 tsp chopped fresh thyme
3/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground black pepper
2 tsp olive oil
1 cup chopped onion
1 28-ounce can crushed tomatoes
10 ounces spaghetti

Mix turkey, sausage, 4 tbsp cheese, 2 tbsp parsley, 2 garlic cloves, thyme, salt and pepper in medium bowl. Moisten hands and form mixture into 1-inch balls. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-low heat. Add onion; sauté 5 minutes. Add 2 garlic cloves; stir 1 minute. Add tomatoes; bring to boil. Reduce heat to medium and simmer until sauce thickens slightly, about 12 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Add meatballs to sauce. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover and simmer until meatballs are cooked through, about 15 minutes.
Meanwhile, cook pasta in large pot of boiling water until just tender but still firm to the bite. Drain pasta; return to pot. Add some sauce to pasta and toss to coat. Transfer pasta to bowl; top with meatballs and remaining sauce.
Sprinkle with remaining parsley and cheese. Serves 4.
Pour dad’s favorite red wine and watch him smile!

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