Another Grown Up Spaghettios and Meatballs

How lucky am I that Tony made me breakfast three days in a row!  Yesterday morning he made me pancakes with dried cranberries – so delicious we didn’t even need any pancake syrup (never mind the fact that I used the last of it and never replaced it!)

You know I love soup.  A lot.  I was inspired by this recipe – except I used beef for my balls.  I’ve made a similar soup before, using Italian sausage that also reminded me of spaghettios, but I think I like this meatball version better.

Another Grown Up Spaghettios and Meatballs

  • Makes six, 1.75 cup servings 358 calories, 11 fat, 47 carbs, 6 fiber and 16 protein (9 PointsPlus)


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 large carrots, peeled and sliced
  • 3 large stalks of celery, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • Two 15 ounce cans tomato sauce
  • 4 cups beef broth
  • 6 ounces dried pasta of choice (I used penne)
  • 1 tablespoon dried basil
  • salt and pepper
  • shredded cheese sprinkled right before serving

For the meatballs:

  • 8 ounces ground sirloin
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/4 cup egg white
  • 1/4 cup whole wheat bread crumbs

Mix the meat mixture together and roll into marble size balls.  Heat Pam/Olive oil over medium high heat, and sear the meatballs, but don’t cook them all the way through.

In a stock pot, heat oil over medium high heat.  Add carrots, celery and garlic and cook for 5 minutes, careful not to burn the garlic.  Then add the tomato sauce, beef broth, pasta, and meatballs, allowing the pot to simmer for about 15 minutes or until the pasta is cooked through.

Add basil and salt and pepper to taste.  Sprinkle with shredded cheese of choice.  I had a colby jack, so I used that.

Damn, this is a delicious soup.  I can’t wait to have it for lunch this week!

And you know I couldn’t go a whole week without eating pizza. 😀  Last week when we made traditional Chicago Style Deep Dish Pizza, I only used half the dough so I decided to see how the dough would work as a thin crust, since I typically am a thin crust pizza kinda girl.

I am not sure if its because the dough sat for a week in the fridge, but this crust was delicious – I think I almost like it better as a thin crust than a deep dish.  I made just a simple Italian sausage pizza – two slices hit the spot for lunch.

For dinner I made Italian sausage lasagna – its based on my zucchini lasagna, except this time I used actual lasagna noodles, and added Italian sausage – Tony won’t even look at my zucchini lasagna!

I also made a roasted red pepper sauce – 1 cup grape tomatoes cooked down with 1 cup jarred roasted red peppers, and 1/2 cup of chicken broth – I cooked that down for about 15 minutes, then pureed the sauce using a stick blender.  I ended up using about 3/4 of this sauce for our lasagna.

I made our lasagna in a bread pan – it makes two giant servings for 12 points each – totally worth it. 😀

Guess where I am off to . . . the gym!  Hope you have a great day!

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  • Marisa @ Loser for Life
    October 10, 2011 at 11:45 am

    Yummy weekend eats, Biz! Have a great workout!

  • Heather
    October 10, 2011 at 11:51 am

    No pancake syrup??? What? 🙂
    That pizza looks delicious. YUM.

  • Erica
    October 10, 2011 at 11:56 am

    The pizza looks so yummy! I’m a thin crust girl all the way too! Hope you have a wonderful gym trip and Monday

  • Helen
    October 10, 2011 at 12:04 pm

    I was craving pancakes yesterday but didn’t have time to make them and no hubby to do it for me either.

    You’re off to the gym? You must have the day off – lucky you!

    • biz319
      October 11, 2011 at 1:09 am

      Nope, had to work – it was so quiet – I think only 5 people were in the office today!

  • Christina @ Just Running
    October 10, 2011 at 12:28 pm

    Oh, wow, I am drooling over that pizza and the lasagna.

    I hope you had a great workout!

  • Shelley B
    October 10, 2011 at 1:08 pm

    So funny, I had a lasagne craving this weekend. And I love the pancakes with dried fruit. Hmmm. That might just happen here. I mean, I have pancake mix in the pantry. And craisins! Ooh. Shelley cooking? What have you inspired, Biz?!? 😉

  • Debbi Does Dinner Healthy
    October 10, 2011 at 2:11 pm

    The pizza and lasagna look delicious!! You’re so awesome about going to the gym!

  • Anne Marie@New Weigh of Life
    October 10, 2011 at 2:36 pm

    Tony is such a nice guy! I think grown up spaghettios and meatballs might be the best thing ever!

  • Lori (Finding Radiance)
    October 10, 2011 at 2:43 pm

    That pasta dish looks good! I need to get some GF pasta and try that.

  • Sam
    October 10, 2011 at 4:52 pm

    I don’t ever really like much syrup on my pancakes, but then again I’m not a big pancake person.

    That lasagna looks so good, I’ve been craving it lately, maybe I’ll settle for lasagna cupcakes 🙂

  • Kristen (swanky dietitian)
    October 10, 2011 at 5:00 pm

    I am loving the idea of dried cranberries in pancakes. They look just amazing.
    It’s been too long since I’ve had pancakes!

  • Robin Sue
    October 10, 2011 at 5:56 pm

    Scream! Only a few more days! Can’t wait to see you in person!

    • biz319
      October 10, 2011 at 6:08 pm

      I know! Me too! 😀

  • Jenn@slim-shoppin
    October 10, 2011 at 6:02 pm

    I have everything to make that soup tonight! Totally going to make it 🙂

    • biz319
      October 11, 2011 at 1:10 am

      Let me know if it tastes like spaghettios to you too! 😀 I am thinking since you are my twin, you’ll agree, but then I hate onions and you love them – don’t know how that happened!

  • Nicole, RD
    October 10, 2011 at 6:28 pm

    Um, yes…that soup looks phenomenal and I will be making it when the nice weather heads out. Not that I’m wishing that, but I am getting rather anxious about soup and the amounting recipes I’m collecting!

    P.S. You were the topic of lunch this afternoon as my coworker made your tomato soup recipe from last year and she had leftovers today. I have to make that one again, too…SO good!!

  • Tyler
    October 10, 2011 at 7:19 pm

    I had to FORCE myself to work out today. I kept tellling myself I’d go to the gym, then I realized that it was GORGEOUS outside and hit a trail by my house. Minus the bugs that flew at my head, it was lovely! Glad we got our booties moving!

    • biz319
      October 11, 2011 at 1:10 am

      Way to get out there to work out Tyler! I know you have a lot going on, so kudos!

  • Ally's Sweet & Savory Eats
    October 10, 2011 at 9:21 pm

    Every meal you pictured here looks yummy…

  • teresa
    October 10, 2011 at 11:32 pm

    oh man, i love the idea of grown up spaghettios, they look just delicious, as does the pizza! i hope all is going well!

  • Lisa Eirene
    December 29, 2011 at 5:30 pm

    Thanks for sharing this link on my blog. I am totally craving spaghetti and meatballs now!

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