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Spinach Balls In Tomato Sauce

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Spinach balls in tomato sauce is a vegetable balls recipe. Combined with breadcrumbs and shaped into spinach balls, it is cooked with an herbed tomato sauce. The basil and garlic in the sauce adds the main flavor to this neat recipe.
Ingredients
  Unsalted margarine 1 Tablespoon
  Yellow onions 2 Medium, chopped fine
  Fresh spinach/1 package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained 1 Pound, trimmed and chopped
  Garlic 4 Clove (20 gm), minced
  Fine dry bread crumbs 1 Tablespoon
  Grated lemon rind 1 Teaspoon
  Grated parmesan cheese 1 Tablespoon
  Black pepper 1⁄4 Teaspoon
  Egg white 1 Large
  Low sodium tomato sauce 1 Can (10 oz)
  Low sodium beef broth 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  Dried basil 1⁄2 Teaspoon, crumbled
  Non-stick cooking spray 1
Directions

In a heavy 10 inch skillet, melt 1/2 tablespoon of the margarine over moderate heat; add half the onions and cook, uncovered, until soft about 5 minutes.
Add the spinach and half the garlic and cook, covered, for 2 minutes.
Uncover and cook, stirring, until dry about 2 minutes.
Preheat the oven to 350°F.
Remove the spinach from the heat and stir in the bread crumbs, lemon rind, cheese, 1/8 teaspoon of the pepper, and the egg white.
Using your hands, shape the mixture into 1 1/2 inch balls.
Refrigerate for 15 minutes.
In a small heavy saucepan, melt the remaining 1/2 tablespoon of margarine over moderate heat; add the remaining onion and cook, uncovered, until soft about 5 minutes.
Add the remaining garlic and pepper and the tomato sauce, beef broth, and basil.
Cover and simmer over moderately low heat, stirring occasionally, for 30 minutes.
While the tomato sauce is cooking, coat a shallow 1 quart casserole with the cooking spray, add the spinach balls, and bake, uncovered, for 30 minutes.

Recipe Summary

Cuisine: 
American
Course: 
Side Dish
Ingredient: 
Vegetable
Interest: 
Healthy

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