Elegant White Spaghetti and Meatballs

Total Time
Prep 20 mins
Cook 40 mins

This creamy recipe has chicken meatballs. The original asks you to grind your own chicken breasts in a food processor, but I've posted it using pre-ground meat. Don't be shy with the garlic and spices!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Add minced garlic, beaten egg and crushed saltines to ground chicken.
  2. Preheat oven to 375°F.
  3. Form into 1 inch balls and bake in single layer for about 13 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile saute mushrooms in oil until tender.
  5. Add minced garlic, nutmeg for a minute or two more.
  6. Add flour and wine, loosening all particles.
  7. Add chicken broth, bring to a boil and simmer for 15 minutes.
  8. Stir in cream cheese and parsley. Salt and pepper to taste, add meatballs and simmer about 10 minutes more.
  9. Serve atop hot cooked pasta with a green side salad!
Most Helpful

I saw this in the Cooking Light section of Southern Living years ago and it is a keeper. I make it several times a year and never get tired of it. It tastes much richer than it is. The only change I make is using reduced fat cream cheese and whole wheat noodles. I've also subbed breadcrumbs for cracker crumbs with no change in taste. It freezes ok, too. I usually package up a few for lunch with noodles and sauce and they reheat well, although I do try to eat them within a couple of weeks.

Michelle M. October 18, 2015

EXCELLENT! My husband says 10 stars, I agree. This is what I did, I had a pkg of mushrooms that I needed to hurry and use, I had frozen meatballs from xmas, a block of cream cheese that was about to expire and a carton of broth that was also about to expire so this recipe was perfect! so the only thing I did different was to use regular meatballs instead of making homemade chicken ones. What was even more perfect was that I had leftovers for the next night because its just the two of us, so I still had some broth leftover from the carton, I kept adding it while heating it up to make it creamy and I just tossed in some extra meatballs from the package. I just mixed everything together rather than putting it on top of the pasta. I will definitely it make again!

RECIPE ADDICT April 16, 2011

Elegant it is! Italian flavored chicken meatballs in a delicate creamy mushroom sauce with a delicious hint of nutmeg. I used one large clove of garlic for the meatballs and 2 for the sauce. I made the recipe as directed except for subbing Ritz crackers for the Saltines. Next time I would add just a little bit more nutmeg because it gives this sauce an extra layer of "elegance" Thank you another wonderful recipe.

Lorac April 27, 2008