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ONLINE EXTRA: Danny DeVito's Spaghetti and Meatballs

Danny DeVito's 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...

Meatballs and Spaghetti
A tip from actor Danny DeVito is mixing ground sirloin with water-soaked bread to make light and fluffy meatballs for this dish of spaghetti and meatballs. (McClatchy Tribune)

Danny DeVito's Spaghetti and Meatballs

2 slices whole wheat bread

½ pound lean ground sirloin

2 medium garlic cloves, crushed

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

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½ cup frozen chopped onion

2 tablespoons raisins

1 large egg

Salt and freshly ground pepper

1 tablespoon olive oil

¾ cup pasta sauce

4 ounces spaghetti

Bring a large saucepan of water to a boil.

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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.

Heat oil in a small nonstick skillet. Brown the meatballs on all sides, about 5 minutes. Mix pasta sauce with ¾ 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 be-tween 2 plates. Top with meatballs and sauce.

Yield: Serves 2.

Approximate nutritional analysis per serving: 638 calories, 27 percent of calories from fat, 19.2 grams fat (4.4 g saturated), 175 milligrams cholesterol, 39.4 grams protein, 76.2 grams carbohydrates, 6.5 grams fiber, 638 milligrams sodium.

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