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Turkey Meatballs and Marinara

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



  • Olive oil
  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 2 cloves garlic grated
  • 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 dry red wine chianti, cabernet or merlot
  • 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


  • Finely chop the spinach, parsley and onion. 
  • Combine the turkey, egg, breadcrumbs, parmesan, spinach, parsley, onion, Worcestershire, tomato paste, salt and pepper in a medium size bowl.
  • Blend without overmixing then using your hands roll into about golf ball size meatballs.
  • 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 3-4 minutes stirring so the garlic doesn’t burn. When the onions are soft, fold in the tomato paste and cook 1 minute.
  • Pour in the wine, reduce the heat and simmer 3-4 minutes letting the wine reduce, then stir in crushed tomatoes, parsley and season with salt and pepper. Once the sauce is combined, transfer the meatballs to the pot.
  • Cover and simmer 20-25 minutes or until cooked through then stir in the basil and serve over your favorite pasta.


Serving: 0g | Carbohydrates: 0g | Protein: 0g | Fat: 0g | Saturated Fat: 0g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0g | Trans Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 0mg | Potassium: 0mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 0g | Vitamin A: 0IU | Vitamin C: 0mg | Calcium: 0mg | Iron: 0mg