Adventures in Healthier Eating with 2 Kids and a Picky Husband

Meatball Mac

10 WWPP Posted by 7 years ago 10 Comments

As I say in the video this is my meatball version of a beef-a-roni classic. My goal was to get the toddler to eat a bit more meat and I succeeded! He loved this. It was the first meal in a long time where he didn’t make a face when we sat down. Even the husband ate without complaint. Although, when I asked him what he thought he said it was “pretty standard.” Whatever that means! Hey…. he ate it! :)

Scroll below video for the recipe.

Meatball Mac

  • Batch of Turkey Meatballs made small (at least 30)
  • 10oz Whole Wheat Elbow Pasta uncooked
  • 1/2 small sweet onion diced
  • 3 cloves of garlic minced
  • 8oz can of tomato sauce
  • 15oz can of diced tomatoes
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2-1 tsp dried basil
  • 1 tbsp dried parsley

Prepare the Turkey Meatballs according to the recipe making them a smaller size. You should easily get about 30. Broil the meatballs for about 5 minutes to help them stay together.

Prepare the pasta according to the package.

In a large skillet sprayed with non-stick cooking spray over medium high heat, add the onion and garlic. Cook for a minute then add the broiled meatballs.

Stir in the can of tomato sauce and diced tomatoes with about 1/2 cup water (add more if it gets too thick.) Add the garlic powder, basil and parsley. Bring to a boil. Then lower to a simmer and cover. Simmer for at least 10 minutes even longer if you have the time. The meatballs will start to soak up the sauce a bit.

By this point your pasta should just about be done. Add the cooked pasta to the skillet. Stir to coat everything. Cover again until ready to serve.

Check out my other “Beef-a-Roni-ish” ideas…

Approx Nutritional Information per serving
Servings Amt per Serving
5 Just Over a Cup
Calories Fat Fiber WWPs
375 9g 8g old: 8 new: 10
Sugar Sat Fat Carbs Protein
7g 1g 58g 27g

See other recipes using: diced tomatoes, garlic, ground turkey, onion, pasta

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    March 5, 2009

    Roni: This is one of those "now why didn't I think of that?" posts. My kids don't like beef-a-roni because the meat is in bits, I really think they'll enjoy this and it's a simple variation on the usual spaghetti and meatballs. Thanks! Oh, and the video was fine even though you taped it in stages:) Reply


    March 5, 2009

    This looks like something my family would LOVE! Yum. Something about meat, tomatoes and macaroni that belong together. Thanks for taking the time to make the video and post. Reply

    Krista S.

    March 6, 2009

    Roni, what is the chiming sound in the background? Do you hear it or is it just me? Reply


    March 7, 2009

    I hear the chiming sound too. Reminds me of the NBC chimes.... This idea looks like something my family would like! Thanks Roni!!! Reply


    March 8, 2009

    Looks good Roni....and your video recorded in stages worked just fine. It really didn't seem like there was any interruption at all. Reply


    March 8, 2009

    Thanks I needed this! My toddler has been boycotting meat for a while (unless it is breaded). I will be glad when this phase is over. Maybe that will happen when he turns 3! Reply


    March 8, 2009

    I think the chiming is my IM. LOL I forgot to shut it off. Sorry guys! Reply


    March 10, 2009

    Roni- I tried making this last night and it turned out soo yummy! The turkey meatballs were awesome..great flavor! Thanks! Reply


    April 8, 2009

    I made this the other day and it was SOOOO yummy! I added some dried sage & stuff to the turkey meatballs and of course as i'm ready to add the eggs i realize i only have ONE and a whole package of ground turkey... so i improvided and added some FF organic yogurt to help moisten things up..... OMG, they rocked straight out of the oven... super crispy! Hubs & DD (4) loved it, the boys (7) are my picky picky ones and well... one i finally got to try a meatball and the other cried at the table... but later when downstairs and secretly ate one and said, "MOM, I LIKE THEM!" hahahah xo Reply


    November 5, 2009

    Wow, that looks like face in plate kinda good. lol Reply