Turkey Meatballs are such a comforting meal for any day. Made with ground turkey, breadcrumbs, an egg, onion, garlic and seasonings, these meatballs are baked to perfection. When cooked, toss in a Simple Red Sauce and serve over pasta. Makes 4 servings.
I don’t have a drop of Italian blood running through my veins, but my mother has a badass meatball recipe, taught to her by an old friend’s Italian grandmother. I have no idea what it took to convince this woman to teach her their family recipe, but I have loved it from day one and am so incredibly happy that she learned how to make this dish because it is a staple in our household.
These meatballs are so wonderful, in fact, that I cannot eat them at any restaurant because they just won’t measure up.
Sadly, this is not my mother’s meatball recipe… but this is a pretty darn good replacement for a girl who no longer lives in the same town as her mother and cannot justify shipping meatballs halfway across the country to fulfill an Italian food craving.
I see your judging eyes. I do. Don’t. Her meatballs really are that good… and you cannot say you haven’t thought the same thing about one of your mother’s homemade dishes, too.
So, back to the meatballs… One of the charming things about these little treats is that they are (1) made of turkey and (2) baked, so they’re a little more healthy than the traditional beef meatballs.
Another good thing is that they are just as scrumptious.
Turkey Meatballs are such a comforting meal for any day. Made with ground turkey, breadcrumbs, an egg, onion, garlic and seasonings, these meatballs are baked to perfection. When cooked, toss in a Simple Red Sauce and serve over pasta.
- 1 lb. ground turkey, lean
- 1/3 cup breadcrumbs
- 1 egg
- ½ teaspoon kosher salt
- ½ teaspoon black pepper, freshly ground
- ¾ teaspoon dried basil (1 ½ teaspoons fresh basil, minced)
- 1 ¼ teaspoon dried oregano (2 ½ teaspoons fresh oregano, minced)
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- Preheat oven to 375°F.
- Line a baking sheet with a nonstick baking mat or parchment paper. Set aside. (You can also place a cooling rack on top of the baking sheet to prevent the meatballs from sitting in their juices, if you'd like to do this. I used to, but the clean up of the cooling rack makes me crazy, so I forgo it now.)
- In a large bowl, measure out the turkey, breadcrumbs, egg, seasonings, onion and garlic.
- Use your hands to mix the ingredients until incorporated.
- Once the meatball ingredients are combined, form palm-sized meatballs (with your hands or with a cookie scoop) and place them on the prepared baking sheet.
- Bake the meatballs for 30 minutes or until cooked through.
- Add to a simmering pot of Simple Red Sauce, and cook until it's time to eat. (This can be whenever you deem it ready, y'all.)
- Serve on top of pasta, and enjoy!
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 308Total Fat: 15gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 164mgSodium: 451mgCarbohydrates: 10gFiber: 1gSugar: 2gProtein: 34g
Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate.