Meatballs and Creamed Spinach Skillet Recipe

Atkins Meatballs and Creamed Spinach Skillet
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Prep Time: 0 Minutes
Cook Time: 0 Minutes
Phase: Phase 2
Difficulty: Difficult
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  • 2 clove Garlic
  • 0 1/2 medium (2-1/2" dia) Onions
  • 1 tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 14 ounce Ground Beef (85% Lean / 15% Fat)
  • 4 tbsp Parmesan Cheese (Grated)
  • 1 tsp Italian Seasoning
  • 0 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 0 1/4 tsp Black Pepper
  • 1 package (10 oz) Spinach
  • 1 1/2 serving Crushed Tomatoes
  • 0 1/8 tsp Nutmeg (Ground)
  • 0 1/4 tsp Crushed Red Pepper Flakes
  • 0 1/4 cup Ricotta Cheese, whole milk


  1. Mince the garlic and dice the onion; set each aside. Combine the beef with half of the Parmesan cheese, garlic and half of the Italian seasoning, all of the salt and the black pepper.  Roll into 1-inch balls and set aside.
  2. Heat 1 tsp oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.  Add the meat balls and brown them on all sides; about 6 minutes total.  Remove from pan and keep warm.
  3. In the same skillet used for the meatballs, add the onions and remaining oil.  Cook, stirring occasionally for about 2 minutes until softened.  Add the remaining garlic and cook another 30 seconds.  Add the spinach, crushed tomatoes, nutmeg and red pepper flakes cooking until the spinach has wilted and the sauce bubbles for about 3 minutes.   Add the meatballs and continue to cook over medium heat until the meat balls are cooked through. 
  4. Add the ricotta cheese in dots around the skillet then sprinkle the top with the remaining Parmesan cheese.  (optional:  place in the upper third of the oven and broil 3-4 minutes).

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