Turkey Meatballs

Turkey Meatballs

Chicken & Turkey Dinner

Turkey Meatballs are cooked in tomato sauce for maximum flavor. Healthy and hearty, these can be eaten over pasta, in a sandwich, or however you like.

Turkey Meatballs

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Turkey Meatballs

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These turkey meatballs are totally healthy and very versatile. They’re cooked on the stovetop in a simple tomato sauce. You can serve them over pasta, in a grain bowl, or make them into a healthier meatball sub that you immediately make slightly less healthy by piling on some mozzarella cheese.

Turkey Meatballs

How to make Turkey Meatballs

Start by blitzing up an onion and a carrot in your food processor until you have little veggie bits. Keep a couple tablespoons aside for your meatballs, and sautee the rest with some dried herbs until soft. Then all that’s left to do is add some canned tomatoes, salt and pepper, and a bit of sugar for balance. Let that simmer away while we get our hands dirty.

To make the meatballs, combine your ground turkey with your veggies, some parm, some dried thyme, and some breadcrumbs to help hold everything together. Gently mix this with your hands, then begin forming your mixture into walnut-sized meatballs. Make up all the meatballs first before gently dropping them into the simmering tomato sauce in concentric circles. Then all that’s left to do is let the pot gently bubble away for about 30 minutes. Done.

Turkey Meatballs

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Turkey Meatballs

Turkey Meatballs

Tender and flavorful turkey meatballs simmered in tomato sauce are delicious and possibly good for you.

  • Author: Renee Rendall
  • Prep Time: 30
  • Cook Time: 30
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Diet: Low Calorie



For the sauce

  • 1 small onion, peeled and quartered
  • 1 carrot chopped into four pieces
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 28 ounce can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper

For the meatballs

  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 3 tablespoons grated parmesan
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped onion and carrot, reserved from the sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme


For the sauce

  1. Pop your onion and carrot into a food processor and blitz your veggies to a pulp. Scoop out two tablespoons and set aside for the meatballs.
  2. Heat olive oil in a heavy pot over medium heat. Add the onion and carrot mixture, along with the dried herbs and cook for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Add the tomato, water, sugar, salt, and pepper, and let it come to a bubble. Reduce to a simmer while you get to work on the meatballs.

For the meatballs

  1. In a large bowl, combine all ingredients for the meatballs. Gently mix together with your hands. Be sure not to overwork it.
  2. Pinch off a generous tablespoon at a time and roll the mixture into a ball. Set them on a dish until you have them all rolled. 
  3. Drop meatballs into simmering sauce in concentric circles. Let the meatballs simmer for about 30 minutes.
  4. Serve on a toasted bun with some mozzarella or over pasta, rice or couscous. Or whatever other awesome combination you can come up with.

Keywords: Turkey, Tomato Sauce

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Recipe adapted from Kitchen: Recipes from the Heart of the Home by Nigella Lawson.

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