30-Minute Spaghetti & Meatballs. Picture: Stacy Zarin Goldberg for The Washington Post.
As the name suggests, 30-Minute Spaghetti & Meatballs is no substitute for the kind of meatballs simmered for hours in your gran's Sunday gravy. Strangely enough, the recipe doesn't even include oregano or basil. And yet, I think this is a meal you'll be happy to produce on a weeknight or any time you are craving tomato-y comfort food.

The meatball mixture is basic but does the trick: ground turkey, parsley, garlic and panko, plus salt and pepper. The meatballs brown in a skillet and finish cooking in the sauce, which is even simpler - canned tomatoes, pureed in a blender. When you drain the pasta, save a little of its cooking water; it contains some starch that will help bind the sauce and spaghetti together. Add the cooked pasta and a splash of water to that pot of sauce and meatballs, then let it cook for just a minute or so. It makes a difference.

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