Lightened Up Turkey Meatballs and Sauce

Jane Whittaker


This won grand prize in that's Amore contest for Taste of Home's Healthy Cooking magazine.
This will appear in the Aug/Sept issue, and there will be a mini write up on me also.
This week I received a surprise from the folks at Taste of Home's healthy cooking a complimentary copy of the annual recipes in hardcover. This recipe is on the cover.
Basically it is a recipe for meatballs that are lightend up by using ground turkey and baking the meatballs instead of frying.
They changed it bc of sodium perimiters to 1 can of tomato sauce, I would never do it that way.


★★★★★ 6 votes

12 to 15
35 Min
6 Hr
Slow Cooker Crock Pot


Add to Grocery List

1 1/2 lb
ground turkey
1/2 c
italian bread crumbs
equivelent to one egg subsitute
1/3 medium
onion, chopped
1/4 tsp
sea salt, or salt subsitute to taste
1/2 tsp
black pepper
1 medium
onion, chopped
1 medium
green bell pepper, chopped
1 small
zuchinni, diced
2 clove
garlic, minced
14 1/2 oz
can diced tomatoes
90 oz
six 15 ounce cans tomato sauce, i like hunts
6 oz
can tomato puree
2 medium
bay leaves
1 tsp
each dried oregano and sweet sweet basil
1/4 tsp
crushed red pepper, or more to taste
1 tsp
dried parsley
1/2 tsp
each salt or salt subsitute and pepper, or to taste

How to Make Lightened Up Turkey Meatballs and Sauce


  • 1Pre heat oven to 350°
  • 2Combine all meat ball ingredients.
  • 3Line a cookie sheet with aluminum foil (no cleanup).
  • 4Make meatballs as large as you like them I like mine on the small side, about 1 inches around.
  • 5Bakefor 25 to 30 minutes, until browned, turning a few times. They will finish up cooking in the sauce.
  • 6While meatballs are browning, chop all your veggies, and line the slow cooker with a disposable liner.
  • 7Put veggies in the slowcooker and all the rest of the sauce ingredients, stir to combine.
  • 8Add the meatballs and turn cooker on low. Cover and cook for 6 hours.
  • 9Nice served over spaghetti, and with a salad an garlic bread.

Printable Recipe Card

About Lightened Up Turkey Meatballs and Sauce

Main Ingredient: Turkey
Regional Style: Italian
Dietary Needs: Low Fat
Other Tag: Quick & Easy

Show 56 Comments & Reviews

Easy Homemade Soup Recipes

Easy Homemade Soup Recipes

Kitchen Crew

In my part of the country, one day it's cold the next it's warm. I'm not sure Mother Nature can figure out what season it is. Even if the weather...

16 Homemade Biscuits And Gravy Recipes

16 Homemade Biscuits and Gravy Recipes

Kitchen Crew @JustaPinch

Who doesn’t love flaky, delicious and slobber-worthy biscuits and gravy recipes? We certainly drool over them. Make these homemade biscuit and gravy recipes right in your own kitchen and enjoy...

9 Superb Stuffed Pepper Recipes

9 Superb Stuffed Pepper Recipes

Kitchen Crew @JustaPinch

Quick, easy and delicious, these stuffed pepper recipes are family tested and approved!