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Turkey Meatballs in Sauce

Juicy ground turkey meatballs cooked in rich homemade tomato sauce.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Italian
Keyword: turkey meatballs, turkey meatballs in sauce, turkey meatballs in tomato sauce
Servings: 4



  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 1/2 cup fresh spinach stems removed, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons parsley finely chopped
  • 1 small onion finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic grated
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup Italian Style breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese grated
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic grated
  • small pinch crushed red pepper optional
  • 1 small onion diced
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup dry red wine chianti, cabernet or merlot
  • 28 ounces crushed tomatoes canned
  • 3 tablespoons fresh flat leaf parsley chopped


Turkey Meatballs:

  • Finely chop the spinach, parsley and onion then add to a medium bowl along with the turkey, grated garlic, egg, breadcrumbs, parmesan cheese, Worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper.
  • Blend without overmixing then using your hands roll into about golf ball size meatballs.
  • Drizzle one tablespoon of olive oil into a deep skillet or pot over medium heat, then once the oil is hot add the meatballs. Sear then meatballs then remove them from the pot and set aside. The meatballs are not cooked through at this point! 
    You’ll be using the same pot to make the sauce so no need to wash it.

The Sauce:

  • In the same pot you cooked the meatballs, add 2 tablespoons of olive oil add the grated garlic, a small pinch of crushed red pepper and the chopped onion. Season with salt and pepper and cook over medium heat 2-3 minutes stirring frequently so the garlic doesn’t burn until the onions are tender.
  • Fold in the tomato paste and cook 1 minute. Add the wine and simmer 3-4 minutes until the wine reduces by about half then stir in the crushed tomatoes, parsley and season with salt and pepper and stir to combine.
  • Transfer the seared meatballs to the pot. Cover and cook over low heat 15-20 minutes or until the meatballs are cooked through then serve with 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