Spaghetti and Italian Turkey Meatballs

[ 0 ] January 18, 2013 |
Spaghetti and Italian Turkey Meatballs

Spaghetti and Italian Turkey Meatballs

I have been making this pasta recipe for my family, my friends and my clients so many times! And  it is always a big hit!

Packed with italian flavor, these meatballs can be served over pasta or use as an appetizer.

Spaghetti and meatballs is a quick and easy  meal. Serve with a green salad and fresh bread. It is a delicious.

Spaghetti and Italian Turkey Meatballs

I used lean ground turkey and baked the meatballs for a healthier alternative.

Spaghetti and Italian Turkey Meatballs

These meatballs are flavored with fresh herbs, fresh Parmesan and sun dried tomatoes for a delicious taste.  The flavor is rich and light at the same time. These are some of the best Italian meatballs I have ever tasted.

I served these meatballs over cooked pasta or over spaghetti squash. It is an excellent meal that the entire family enjoyed.

SPAGHETTI AND ITALIAN TURKEY MEATBALLS
 
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Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • Sauce:
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 cup finely chopped onion
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon basil
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 (14-ounce) can less-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 (28-ounce) cans diced tomatoes, undrained
  • Meatballs:
  • 1 (1-ounce) slice white bread
  • 1½ pounds lean ground turkey
  • ½ cup finely chopped onion
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh basil
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 large eggs
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • ¼ cup fresh grated parmesan
  • ¼ cup sun dried tomatoes
  • Remaining ingredients:
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh parsley
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh basil
  • 1 pound hot cooked spaghetti
  • ½ cup (2 ounces) grated fresh Parmigiano-Reggiano
Instructions
  1. To prepare sauce
  2. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add 1 olive oil; add 1 cup onion; sauté for 3 minutes. Add 3 garlic cloves, and sauté 1 minute. Add tomato paste; cook 1 minute. Stir in ¼ teaspoon salt, basil, oregano and broth. Cook 5 minutes. Stir in the tomatoes. Reduce heat, and simmer 45 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Preheat broiler:
  4. To prepare meatballs,
  5. Place bread in a food processor, and process until fine crumbs measure ½ cup. Combine the breadcrumbs,ground turkey, ½ cup onion, basil, parsley, eggs, black pepper, salt, garlic, parmesan and sun dried tomatoes in a bowl. With wet hands, shape mixture into meatballs. Place meatballs on a broiler pan. Broil 15 minutes or until done. Add meatballs to sauce; simmer 18 minutes. Sprinkle with ¼ cup parsley and ¼ cup basil. Serve over spaghetti. Sprinkle with cheese.

 

 

Marie Poulin
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