Italian Beef and Spinach Meatballs Recipe

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Imogen Turner Modified: March 24, 2022
Italian Beef and Spinach Meatballs Recipe

How To Make Italian Beef and Spinach Meatballs

This meatballs recipe is a lightened-up version of the meaty classic. The added spinach adds more fiber and nutrition while keeping the calorie count low.

Preparation: 15 minutes
Cooking: 25 minutes
Total: 40 minutes



  • 2sliceswhole wheat light bread,or gluten-free bread
  • 1lbground beef,(93% lean)
  • 1tbspolive oil
  • 10ozfrozen spinach,thawed and squeezed of all liquid, chopped
  • 1egg,large
  • 1clovegarlic,minced
  • 2tbspfresh parsley
  • ½cuppecorino romano cheese,or favorite parmesan cheese
  • salt and pepper

For Tomato Sauce:

  • 1tspolive oil
  • 3clovessmashed garlic
  • 28ozTuttorosso crushed tomatoes,(1 can)
  • ½onion,not chopped
  • salt and pepper


  1. Wet bread with just enough water (or milk) to wet and then mash them up.

  2. Add to large bowl and combine with chopped beef, chopped spinach, egg, garlic, parsley, grated cheese, salt and pepper. Mix all ingredients well until thoroughly combined.

  3. Using a ¼ cup measuring cup, measure meat and then divide in two so that each meatball is ⅛ of a cup. Roll into little meatballs.

  4. In a large pot, add 1 teaspoon olive oil and heat on medium heat.

  5. When hot, add smashed garlic.

  6. When garlic is golden brown, after about 1 to 2 minutes, add the tomatoes, onion, salt and pepper and cover, reduce heat to low.

  7. Meanwhile, in a large nonstick skillet, add 1 tablespoon olive oil on low heat.

  8. When oil is hot add as many meatballs that will fit, cook on low, turning often so that all side get browned. Cook until the centers are cooked through.

  9. When finished, place on a dish lined with paper towels to blot any excess oil. Drop meatballs into sauce and continue cooking the remaining meatballs, repeating the process.

  10. When all meatballs are in the sauce, simmer for an additional 15 minutes. Discard onion and serve.


  • Calories: 362.49kcal
  • Fat: 22.72g
  • Saturated Fat: 8.44g
  • Trans Fat: 0.90g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 10.14g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 1.31g
  • Carbohydrates: 19.38g
  • Fiber: 4.66g
  • Sugar: 7.18g
  • Protein: 22.40g
  • Cholesterol: 91.78mg
  • Sodium: 701.04mg
  • Calcium: 255.13mg
  • Potassium: 946.06mg
  • Iron: 5.34mg
  • Vitamin A: 267.02µg
  • Vitamin C: 28.55mg
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