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Turkey Meatballs in Tomato Sauce

I’ve never been the meatball kind of gal my entire life. I remember back in elementary school I could not stand the taste of meatballs. I would opt in for the peanut butter and jelly sandwich instead while everyone else enjoyed their meatballs. Even now as an adult I’m still no a huge fan of meatballs and hardly make them but my daughter loves them.

While I was in the supermarket I saw a fresh pack of ground turkey so I decided to go ahead and try my meatballs recipe with turkey instead.Turkey is one of the most under-valued meats. It’s super lean, healthy and so delicious!

I ended up getting 1 pound of turkey, a can of Hunt’s basil crushed tomatoes and tomatoes sauce.  I knew this was going to be good!!

Turkey Meatballs in Tomato Sauce Both the sauce and meatballs are fairly easy to make and put together. You only need one pot or pan for the entire recipe and it all comes together in under 30 minutes!

For the meatballs your going to need a pound of turkey, 1 egg, 1/4 cup breadcrumbs, 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, some parsley or cilantro and 1 tablespoon of Italian seasoning. Combine all the ingredient s either by hand or spoon and roll into balls 1 inch balls and gently toss into the tomato sauce.

Turkey Meatballs in Tomato Sauce

4.73 from 11 votes

Turkey Meatballs in Tomato Sauce

By: Layla
Cook30 minutes
Total30 minutes
Servings 4



  • Heat olive oil in a large wide skillet on medium heat. Add the olive oil and minced garlic and allow to gently simmer for 2 minutes or until garlic begins to turn golden in color. Add the can of crushed tomatoes and can of tomato sauce. Sprinkle salt and pepper to taste, cover and allow to simmer for 10 minutes.

  • While the sauce is simmer combine all the ingredients for the meatballs in a large mixing bowl until a soft dough like texture if formed. Form into 1 inch balls using a scooper or by hand. Gently place the meatballs in the tomato sauce while it's simmering (do not stir). Allow to simmer for 15 minutes then gently shake the pan and simmer for an additional 10 minutes. Serve with spaghetti, on rice or alone with bread.
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Turkey Meatballs in Tomato Sauce

I picked up all the essentials for this recipe at Walmart #DinnerDone #CollectiveBias — Hunt’s tomatoes are peeled with a unique flash steam method and contain no lye or artificial preservatives. Find more great recipes and information on Hunt’s tomatoes at www.hunts.com and http://www.readyseteat.com

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  1. I made these tonight! I used cilantro, and sub’d mexican cheese mix as i didnt have parmesan. these were the best meatballs i’ve ever made! thanks for sharing!

  2. My family loves this reciPe! I Use this sauCe for everything. Could i make this recipe into a meat sauce jnstead of balls? Im assuming i can and omit the egg and breadcrumbs.

  3. Do you happen to know how many cals are in a serving?

  4. When adding the meatballs and letting them simmer for 15 minutes, is the pan covered or uncovered?

  5. Made these meatballs and added two hot sausages for an extra kick. They were amazing!

  6. These meatballs look delicious Layla! Love that they only take 30 minutes to be made!

  7. These look delicious, love the fact you made these with turkey. I think using turkey makes a little softer meatball, perfect for this time of year.

  8. Oh so yummy. Gotta stock up on some ground turkey and make these ASAP. I’m dreaming of putting them on my homemade steak rolls. Mmm….now that’s a delicious meal!
    Have a great day!

  9. I’ve been using ground turkey for years. I personally don’t like the taste of ground beef. Turkey will take the flavor of any seasoning you add and it is much lighter than beef. These meatballs look fantastic. Whenever I’m making spaghetti my guys always want meatballs. Pinning!

  10. I’ve been a meatball love my whole life! I’ll take ’em any way I can get them, and I love this simple, turkey version — classic with a twist!

  11. I love meatballs! They are one of my very favorite comfort foods. Yours look amazing!

  12. These look so delicious I love meatballs! I love that you made these with ground turkey too.

  13. These meatballs are special! I am the biggest fan of meatballs so I can tell when one is amazing!