We’ve lightened up the classic meatballs and spaghetti using Turkey Meatballs. Comfort food at its best!

e’ve lightened up our meatballs with lean ground turkey and lean turkey sausage and we’ve topped it with a delicious marinara sauce.

I love Italian food and a lot of the things I cook are inspired by rustic Italian dishes I find online or have in a restaurant, but nothing beats the classics and for me spaghetti and meatballs in a marinara sauce are the ultimate comfort food. Last weekend that is what I was craving. Something simple but delicious. I didn’t make your regular, run-of-the-mill meatballs though. I lightened them up by using lean ground turkey and lean turkey sausage with just enough breadcrumbs to hold everything together. 

e’ve lightened up our meatballs with lean ground turkey and lean turkey sausage and we’ve topped it with a delicious marinara sauce.

I know there are a lot of people who automatically turn their nose up at the mention of ground turkey but these meatballs were moist and full of flavor. I combined lean turkey and lean turkey sausage with grated Parmesan and Romano cheese, and a small amount of bread crumbs, onions, spices, and an egg. Then I rolled them into large balls and baked them. I like to make the meatballs big so you can serve the whole dish family style with everyone grabbing 2 or 3 (ok maybe 4…) meatballs and digging in.

e’ve lightened up our meatballs with lean ground turkey and lean turkey sausage and we’ve topped it with a delicious marinara sauce.

Of course a good meatball requires a good sauce. I made the meatballs when I had a little time on Saturday afternoon but I didn’t have time to make my own sauce. I’m kind of a snob about tomato sauce so I’ve searched long and hard for a jarred sauce that is just as good as homemade and recently I found it. Mezzetta has released a new line of pasta sauces called Mezzetta Napa Valley Homemade, and I’ll tell you what, they really do taste homemade. They have several flavors but marinara is my favorite. Not a lot of jarred sauces pass the marinara test for me. It needs to be simple, and fresh-tasting. Mezzetta Napa Valley Homemade is my new best friend, you can tell that it is made from quality ingredients, 100% hand-selected plum tomatoes with no sugar or paste added. The taste of the tomatoes really shines through. It is light and bright and all of the things I look for in a marinara sauce.

e’ve lightened up our meatballs with lean ground turkey and lean turkey sausage and we’ve topped it with a delicious marinara sauce.

When we were ready to sit down to spaghetti and meatballs I heated up the sauce in a sauce pan and added the meatballs to it until they were warmed through and nicely coated in sauce. These turkey meatballs and sauce were so good that MG and I ate them two nights in a row. While I can eat the same thing over and over, it is pretty unusual for MG to happily eat the same exact meal back to back. Ladies and gentlemen we have a winner!

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Servings: 4
Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 20 mins
Total Time: 35 mins

Turkey Meatballs

Lighten up your spaghetti and meatballs with these turkey meatballs made with lean ground turkey and lean turkey sausage.

Ingredients

  • 1 lb Lean Ground Turkey
  • 1 lb Lean Turkey Sausage
  • 1/2 c Panko Breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 c Parmesan Cheese, finely grated
  • 1/4 c Romano Cheese, finely grated
  • 2 Tbsp Fresh Basil, finely chopped
  • 2 Tbsp Fresh Italian Parsley, finely chopped
  • 2 tsp Salt
  • 1 Tbsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 Tbsp Onion Powder
  • 2 Large Eggs

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400°F
  • Mix breadcrumbs, cheeses, basil, parsley, garlic powder, onion powder, and salt in a small bowl.
  • In a large bowl place the meat and work it together.
  • Add breadcrumb mixture from the small bowl and the eggs to the meat.
  • Work everything together until it is thoroughly mixed.
  • Form meat into large balls (you can use an ice cream scoop to help you measure out the right amount)
  • Place on a baking sheet and bake for 15-20 minutes or until cooked through.
  • Remove from oven and place into pan with sauce in it coating the meatballs before serving them.
Nutrition Disclaimer: We are not certified nutritionists. Nutrition facts are an estimate and are provided as a courtesy. They are generated by an online API which recognizes ingredient names and amounts and makes calculations based on the serving size. Results may vary.
Author: Kat Jeter & Melinda Caldwell
Course: Dinner

e’ve lightened up our meatballs with lean ground turkey and lean turkey sausage and we’ve topped it with a delicious marinara sauce.

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