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Spaghetti and Meatballs

2 slices whole wheat bread 1/2 pound lean ground sirloin 2 medium garlic cloves, crushed 8 fresh sage leaves, chopped (or 1 teaspoon dried sage) 1/2 cup frozen chopped onion 2 tablespoons raisins 1 large egg Salt and freshly ground pepper 1 table...

2 slices whole wheat bread

1/2 pound lean ground sirloin

2 medium garlic cloves, crushed

8 fresh sage leaves, chopped (or 1 teaspoon dried sage)

1/2 cup frozen chopped onion

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2 tablespoons raisins

1 large egg

Salt and freshly ground pepper

1 tablespoon olive oil

3/4 cup pasta sauce

4 ounces spaghetti

Bring a large saucepan of water to a boil.

Meanwhile, pour 1 cup water over bread and set aside. Place sirloin, garlic, sage, onion, raisins and egg in a bowl or food processor. Squeeze the bread dry and add it to the meat mixture; pulse or stir just to combine. Add salt and pepper to taste. Form into 4 balls.

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Heat oil in a small nonstick skillet. Brown the meatballs on all sides, about 5 minutes. Mix pasta sauce with 3/4 cup water and add to pan. Simmer 10 minutes, carefully turning the meatballs once.

Meanwhile, cook spaghetti in boiling water according to package instructions. Drain and divide between2 plates. Top with meatballs and sauce.

Yield: 2 servings.

Nutritional information per serving: 638 calories(27 percent from fat), 19.2 grams fat (4.4 grams saturated, 9.6 grams monounsaturated), 175 milligrams cholesterol, 39.4 grams protein, 76.2 grams carbohydrates, 6.5 grams fiber, 638 milligrams sodium.

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