My Version of Rachael Ray's Chinese Spaghetti and Meatballs
photo by Ms B.
- Ready In:
- 1hr 15mins
- 1 lb whole wheat spaghetti or 1 lb whole grain spaghetti
- 1 lb ground turkey
- 1 egg
- 3 slices whole grain bread
- black pepper
- 1 garlic clove, finely minced
- 1 teaspoon Chinese five spice powder
- 2 tablespoons cilantro, chopped
- 9 scallions, 3 finely chopped, 6 cut into 2-inch lengths
- 2 tablespoons tamari dark soy sauce, divided
- 1⁄3 cup tamari dark soy sauce, divided
- cooking spray
- 2 cups snow pea pods, thinly sliced on an angle
- 1 red bell pepper, very thinly sliced
- 2 inches gingerroot, grated
- 4 garlic cloves, grated
- 1 lb spinach, coarsely chopped
- 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
- 3 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
- Place a pot of water on to boil for spaghetti. When it comes to a boil, salt the water and add pasta to cook to al dente.
- Combine ground turkey with egg in a mixing bowl.
- Place whole grain bread in food processor and pulse into crumbs. Add crumbs to meat mixture.
- Add salt, pepper, garlic, five-spice powder, 3 chopped scallions, cilantro, and 2 tablespoons soy sauce to meat mixture.
- Form 1 1/2-inch balls and place on a baking sheet that has been sprayed with cooking spray. Roast 15 minutes, turning halfway, if the meatballs are over browning on the bottoms.
- When the meatballs are close to done and the pasta is in, spray a large skillet with cooking spray and place over high heat.
- Add the snow peas, red pepper, remaining cut scallions, ginger and garlic, stir-fry 2 minutes.
- Add spinach and wilt, 1 minute.
- Drain the pasta and add to the vegetables.
- Add the remaining soy sauce, about 1/3 cup, and the sesame oil.
- Toss to combine so pasta can soak up sauce, about 1 minute.
- Garnish with sesame seeds and top with lots of meatballs.
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I too saw this recipe on Rachael Ray and was going to post it because it my family really loved it. I was glad to see it was already posted and reviewed. It was easy, healthy and flavorful. Next time I will cut the five spice powder in half - it was just to strong for our tastes otherwise I would leave it just like it is. Great recipe!
I too just saw this on 30 Minute Meals and had to try it. I used 2 cups of crushed rice krispies (as she did) instead of the whole grain bread and I skipped the spinach. I served this to my FIL for his birthday dinner and he had 3 helpings! This was my first time using five spice powder and I loved it. I also added a little garlic powder to the meatballs. This is one of those easy and delicious meals that just might become a regular at our table. Thanks for posting!
i have made just the meatballs.<br/>over- all, it is a nice recipe.the meatballs come out tender .<br/>however- the chinese 5 spice..... hmmmmm<br/>once i smelled it i knew i was putting just a 1/4 teaspoon (recipe notes 1 tsp)<br/>i actually thought it came out nice but i think my family will want to order pizza:(
I had no problems with this recipe, although I did make some changes for personal taste. I used regular hamburger meat and country sausage mixed together. I added more garlic, water chestnuts and a few drops of Chinese hot sauce I used Panko instead of plain bread crumbs. Sesame oil and the five spice powder is an acquired taste, we loved it!