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Healthy Spaghetti and Meatballs with Tomato Sauce Recipe

Cornflake crumbs are a special product found next to the bread crumbs. If you do have regular cornflake cereal, you can just put them in a bag and smash them until they become small crumbs. The tomato sauce recipe is from the famous Italian American cooking teacher, Marcella Hazan, who only uses 3 ingredients: crushed tomatoes, half an onion and butter. Just cut an onion in half, peel and discard the outer papery skin. Place this half-onion (no need to chop any further) into the pot. The onion that is cooked in the tomato sauce will be removed once the sauce is cooked - the onion will have transferred all its flavors into the sauce!
You can use any Mori-nu tofu, we prefer the silken tofu.
For a dairy-free version - use soy cheese.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Servings 6


  • 2 14-ounce cans crushed tomatoes
  • 1/2 onion
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 pound spaghetti, cooked according to package directions

For the Meatballs:

  • 1 pound lean ground turkey or chicken
  • 6 ounces soft or silken tofu (we recommend Mori-nu brand)
  • 1/2 onion, grated on large holes of box grater
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely minced or grated
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh basil
  • 1/2 cup corn flake, bread or panko crumbs
  • 1 teaspoon kosher or sea salt (if using regular table salt, use 1/2 teaspoon)
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • freshly grated parmesan cheese


  • To make the sauce, in a large saute pan or soup pot, add the crushed tomatoes, onion and butter. Cover and bring to a simmer.
  • In the meantime, prepare the meatballs. In a large bowl, mix together all of the meatball ingredients thoroughly. Use a melon baller and your hands to form meatballs.
  • Once the sauce comes to a simmer, turn the heat to low and add in the meatballs. Cover and cook for 20 minutes. Taste the sauce and season with salt and pepper. Discard the half-onion. Serve the sauce sauce over the pasta, sprinkle with parmesan cheese and serve immediately.
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