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Knife and Fork Meatball Sandwiches

  • Prep 25 min
  • Total 25 min
  • Ingredients 10
  • Servings 6

Spinach provides simple addition to this hearty beef sandwich - dinner ready in 25 minutes. MORE+ LESS-

Ingredients

3/4
lb extra-lean (at least 90%) ground beef
1
box (9 oz) frozen spinach in a pouch, thawed, squeezed and patted dry with paper towels
1
slice whole wheat bread, torn into small pieces
1/2
teaspoon onion powder
1
teaspoon Italian seasoning or 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano leaves
1
egg or 2 egg whites
2
cups reduced-fat tomato pasta sauce
1
loaf (8 oz) French or Italian bread
1/2
cup shredded mozzarella cheese (2 oz)
2
tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese

Steps

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  • 1
    Heat oven to 425°F. Line 15x10x1-inch pan with foil, extending foil over short sides of pan.
  • 2
    In medium bowl, mix ground beef, spinach, bread crumbs, onion powder, Italian seasoning and egg. Press mixture into 8x6-inch rectangle in pan. Cut rectangle into 36 pieces; do not separate.
  • 3
    Bake 10 to 15 minutes or until centers of meatballs are firm and no longer pink and juice is clear. Drain; pat beef with paper towels to remove moisture. With sharp knife, cut into 36 meatballs.
  • 4
    Meanwhile, in 3-quart saucepan, heat pasta sauce. Add meatballs; stir to coat.
  • 5
    Cut loaf of bread lengthwise to but not through one long side; cut loaf into 6 sections. Place opened sections on individual plates. Spoon 6 meatballs with sauce onto each bread section. Sprinkle with mozzarella and Parmesan cheese. Serve immediately.

Expert Tips

"To save more time, I thaw the spinach in the microwave. I cut a slit in the pouch with a knife and microwave on High 3 minutes. Then I remove spinach from pouch and pat dry with paper towels." Diane

Nutrition Information

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Sandwich
Calories
340
Calories from Fat
110
% Daily Value
Total Fat
12g
19%
Saturated Fat
4 1/2g
22%
Trans Fat
1/2g
Cholesterol
80mg
26%
Sodium
800mg
33%
Potassium
540mg
15%
Total Carbohydrate
39g
13%
Dietary Fiber
3g
15%
Sugars
7g
Protein
21g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
60%
60%
Vitamin C
15%
15%
Calcium
20%
20%
Iron
20%
20%
Exchanges:
2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 1 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
2 1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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