Turkey Meatballs and pasta sauce

Turkey Meatballs And Pasta Sauce Recipe

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Jessica Hannan


These are sooo good! I think that the panko crumbs add a wonderful flavor to the meatballs and the sauce is perfect!

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20 Min
20 Min



1 pkg
ground turkey, 97/3
1 1/2 c
panko crumbs, divided
1 large
3 tsp
sea salt, divided
1 tsp
red pepper flakes
1 Tbsp
italian seasoning
3 Tbsp
vegetable oil


1 can(s)
tomato sauce, 28 oz
1 medium
yellow onion, minced
5 clove
garlic, minced
2 tsp
basil, dried
1 tsp
ground white pepper
3 Tbsp
unsalted butter

How to Make Turkey Meatballs and pasta sauce


  • 1Preheat oven to 350*
    Preheat heavy skillet over medium heat.
  • 2Mix the ground turkey, half a cup of the panko crumbs, the egg, 1 teaspoon of the sea salt, red pepper and Italian seasoning until well mixed.
  • 3Stir together the remaining panko crumbs and sea salt on a plate.
  • 4Shape the meat into slightly smaller than golf ball size balls, one at a time. As you form each ball, roll it in the panko crumbs and set on a plate.
    Repeat until all the meat is used.
  • 5Swirl the vegetable oil around the pan, to cover the bottom.
  • 6Add the meatballs to the pan one at a time, with a little space between each one. Cook on one side for two minutes, then turn them and cook another 2 minutes. They should be light golden brown on both sides. If they start getting too brown, remove from the pan and place on a cookie sheet.
  • 7Once all the meatballs are browned, place them on the cookie sheet.
    Place in oven and bake until the sauce is done, 10-15 minutes.
  • 8Add the butter to the same skillet you used for the meatballs. Let it melt and add the onions, garlic, basil and pepper.
    Cook until they are tender, but do not let them burn.
  • 9Add the tomato sauce to pan. Be careful, it might splatter. Stir it into the onions and spices and let it come to a simmer.
  • 10Let it simmer for 7 minutes.
    Remove the meatballs from the oven and add them to the sauce.
  • 11Stir them gently to coat them with sauce.
    Taste the sauce for salt and add more if needed.

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About Turkey Meatballs and pasta sauce

Course/Dish: Turkey, Pasta
Regional Style: Italian
Other Tags: Quick & Easy, For Kids, Healthy