Turkey Meatballs and Marinara: Tender, juicy meatballs seared then simmered in robust marinara sauce. Healthy twist on a classic without sacrificing taste.
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Turkey Meatballs and Marinara

Ground turkey meatballs braised in flavor-rich marinara. 
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Italian
Keyword: spaghetti and meatballs, turkey meatballs
Servings: 4



  • Olive oil
  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup Progresso Italian Style breadcrumbs or your favorite brand
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped fresh spinach stems removed and chopped
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped flat leaf parsley
  • 1 small onion finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper


  • 2 cloves garlic grated
  • 1 medium onion diced
  • small pinch crushed red pepper optional
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup red wine whatever kind you’ll be drinking with the meal
  • 28 ounce can crushed tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup flat leaf parsley chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil chopped


  • Add the turkey, egg, breadcrumbs, parmesan, spinach, parsley, onion, Worcestershire, tomato paste, salt and pepper to a medium size bowl.
  • Blend together using your hands then roll into about golf ball size balls.
  • Add a drizzle of olive oil to a deep skillet or pot. When the oil is warm, add the meatballs searing on 2 sides. NOTE: the meatballs will NOT be cooked through at this point. As they brown, remove them from the skillet or pot and reserve.
  • In the same pot add another drizzle of olive oil and the garlic, crushed red pepper and onions. Season with salt and pepper and cook over medium heat stirring so the garlic doesn’t burn. When the onions are soft, fold in the tomato paste, cooking 3-4 minutes.
  • Pour in the wine, reduce the heat and simmer about 5 minutes then stir in crushed tomatoes, salt, pepper and parsley. Once the sauce is combined, transfer the meatballs to the pot.
  • Cover and simmer 25-30 minutes then stir in the basil and cook another 2-3 minutes. Serve over your favorite pasta.