Healthy Turkey Meatballs in Tomato Sauce

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WHAT'S SPECIAL
What sets these Healthy Turkey Meatballs apart is their lean protein content and flavorful seasoning. By using ground turkey instead of beef or pork, these meatballs offer a lighter alternative without compromising on taste. The addition of aromatic herbs and spices infuses the meatballs with layers of flavor, while the homemade tomato sauce provides a rich and satisfying base.

Healthy Turkey Meatballs in Tomato Sauce

Savor the wholesome flavors of Healthy Turkey Meatballs in Tomato Sauce, a nourishing dish that combines lean turkey meat with vibrant tomato sauce for a satisfying meal that's both delicious and nutritious. These tender meatballs are packed with protein and seasoned with aromatic herbs and spices, then simmered in a rich tomato sauce until perfectly cooked. This comforting dish is sure to become a family favorite.
By using lean turkey meat and a homemade tomato sauce, this recipe puts a healthier twist on the classic dish, making it suitable for those seeking lighter and more wholesome options.
Pair Healthy Turkey Meatballs in Tomato Sauce with:
- Whole wheat pasta or spaghetti squash for a wholesome and satisfying meal.
- Steamed or roasted vegetables, such as broccoli, green beans, or carrots, to add color and nutrients to the plate.
- Quinoa or brown rice for a hearty and nutritious accompaniment.
- Garlic bread or crusty whole grain bread for dipping into the savory tomato sauce.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Servings 4

Equipment

  • mixing bowl
  • Skillet or frying pan

Ingredients
  

For the Meatballs

  • 1 lb lean ground turkey (450g)
  • ½ cup breadcrumbs (whole wheat or gluten-free)
  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese (optional for a dairy free option)
  • 2 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 2 tbsp fresh parsley (chopped)
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • 1 tbsp olive oil (for cooking)

For the Tomato Sauce

  • 1 small onion, finely diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 (14-ounce/400g) can crushed tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • ½ cup chicken broth
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • Salt and pepper (to taste)

Optional Garnish

  • Fresh parsley (chopped)
  • Grated Parmesan cheese

Instructions
 

  • Prepare Meatballs: In a mixing bowl, combine ground turkey, breadcrumbs, grated Parmesan cheese, minced garlic, chopped parsley, dried oregano, salt, and pepper. Mix until well combined, then shape the mixture into small meatballs, about 1 inch in diameter.
  • Brown Meatballs: Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the meatballs in batches and cook until browned on all sides, about 3-4 minutes per side. Transfer the browned meatballs to a plate and set aside.
  • Make Tomato Sauce: In the same skillet, add diced onions and minced garlic. Cook until softened and fragrant, about 2-3 minutes. Add canned crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, chicken broth, dried basil, dried oregano, salt, and pepper. Stir to combine, then bring the sauce to a simmer.
  • Simmer Meatballs: Return the browned meatballs to the skillet, nestling them into the tomato sauce. Cover and simmer over low heat for 15-20 minutes, or until the meatballs are cooked through and the sauce has thickened slightly.
  • Serve: Serve the Healthy Turkey Meatballs in Tomato Sauce hot, garnished with fresh parsley or grated Parmesan cheese, if desired. Enjoy as is or with your choice of side dish.

Notes

  • For extra flavor, you can add a splash of red wine or balsamic vinegar to the tomato sauce.
  • To ensure tender and juicy meatballs, avoid overmixing the ground turkey mixture and handle it gently when shaping the meatballs.
  • Feel free to customize the seasoning of the meatballs and tomato sauce according to your taste preferences. Add chili flakes for a spicy kick or fresh basil for a burst of freshness.
  • Leftover meatballs and sauce can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days or frozen for longer-term storage. Reheat gently on the stovetop or in the microwave before serving.
 
Keyword Healthy Meatballs, Italian food, Turkey Meatballs

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