1/3 cup bulgur
1/2 cup hot water
4 ounces lean ground beef
4 ounces hot Italian sausage
1 medium onion, very finely chopped
2 large egg whites, lightly beaten
3 cloves garlic, very finely chopped
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1 cup fresh breadcrumbs, preferably whole-wheat (see Tip)
For Sauce & Spaghetti:
4 cups prepared marinara sauce
1/2 cup slivered fresh basil leaves or chopped fresh parsley
1 pound whole-wheat spaghetti or linguine
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan or Romano cheese (1 ounce)
Tip: To make fresh breadcrumbs: Trim crusts from firm sandwich bread. Tear the bread into pieces and process in a food processor until coarse crumbs form. One slice makes about 1/3 cup.
Step1: To prepare meatballs: Combine bulgur and water in a small bowl. Let stand until the bulgur is tender and the liquid is absorbed about 30 minutes.
Step2: Preheat oven to 350°F. Coat a rack with cooking spray and place it over a baking sheet lined with foil.