Meatball and Macaroni Stew (Low Fat/Low Cal)

Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 30 mins

I think this came from Cooking Light originally. It is very rich tasting and filling. I usually make about 40 tiny meatballs instead of 18 big ones. Each cup has 168 calories, 12.6 g protein, 4.3 g fat, 21.3 g carbohydrate, 21 mg cholesterol, 445 mg sodium

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Combine muffin and milk in large bowl; stir well, and let stand 5 minutes or until liquid is absorbed.
  2. Add beef, parmesan, parsley, pepper, salt, and egg white and stir well.
  3. Shape mixture into 18 1-inch meatballs; cover and set aside.
  4. Coat a dutch oven with cooking spray; heat over medium til hot.
  5. Add onion and garlic; saute 10 minutes until tender (I usually add a bit of chicken broth too so it doesn't dry out).
  6. Add basil, oregano, bay leaf, and cook 1 minute.
  7. Stir in tomatoes, chicken broth, wine, sugar, and salt; bring to a boil.
  8. Add meatballs; reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, 15 minutes or until meat is done.
  9. Discard bay leaf.
  10. To serve, stir in macaroni.
Most Helpful

I just made this stew and it was pretty tasty. I really enjoyed the flavor of the stew base itself. I used ground turkey breast instead of sirloin for the meatballs and found that the amount of parsley called for completely overpowered them. I will be making this again but I will definately use less parsley. All together this is an excellent recipe.

sherrysarria July 17, 2009

this "stew" was just ok, it was more like a soup than a stew and I'm sorry to say , lacked flavour. But the meatballs were very good, I might make it again in a pinch, but I would not add the macaroni, instead i would make it up to that point with a little red pepper flakes added for some kick and would serve it over spaghetti. I do need to say that there is no way this would feed 10 people, I made half a recipe and half would only feed 3 maybe four at the most, so the nutritional facts are definately off. Definately nice meatballs!

Derf January 16, 2009

This turned out really good. I had some meatballs I had purchased and in a hurry to make dinner. Had everything else on hand. I did add some veges, carrots, celery, zuccini because I needed to use them up. I served a nice crusty bread with it so we could sop up the broth. It is one that I will fix again.

Shirley 39 September 23, 2008