Recipe for amazing Sweet Italian Turkey Meatballs. I think I may be onto something here. Tasty, healthy, cheap, versatile, kid-friendly…
I’ve been perfecting this recipe for a while now. The meatballs are absolutely delicious. Less fat than pork and absolutely no nasty ingredients. When I served it to my 3 kids this week they were totally bowled over – one even declared it their new favourite. If it beats pizza it must be good right?
I served the meatballs lightly fried and then bubbled in some passata – couldn’t be simpler (pasta for the kids, courgetti (zucchini noodles) for me)
So it all starts with a pack of turkey thigh mince. This unassuming ingredient is nice and cheap and is less fatty than beef and pork. It has more fat than turkey breast mince but this is important. These meatballs are really succulent and tasty and you only get that with the little bit of extra fat.
You should also understand that I HATE turkey. I didn’t have a bite of it on Christmas day (it’s ok I made up for it with pigs in blankets and roast potatoes). I just really dislike the flavour – yuk! There is no way in a million years you can taste any turkey in these meatballs. The turkey is just a meaty base. The clever bit is the extra ingredients that turn it into something really special.
So here’s my recipe. Honestly it’s so good I feel like I should patent it or something!!
Please give it a go and let me know what you think…
Sweet Italian Turkey Meatballs in Tomato Sauce
Serves 4 • Ready in 20 minutes + 10 mins chill time
500g (1lb 2oz) turkey thigh mince (ground turkey thigh) (755 cals)
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
1 tsp oregano
1 tsp Dried mixed herbs
1 tsp paprika (14 cals)
1 tsp mild chilli powder
2 cloves garlic, crushed (8 cals)
1 tbsp ketchup (29 cals)
500g (1lb 2oz) passata (strained tomatoes) (154 cals)
240g (8oz) wholewheat spaghetti (848 calories)
• Place the turkey in a mixing bowl. Add the salt, pepper, herbs, paprika, chilli powder, garlic, and ketchup.
• Use your hands to pound and mix the ingredients together. Use your fists to make sure the turkey is thoroughly broken up.
• Form the meat into 12 meatballs. Place on a tray in the freezer for 10 minutes or in the fridge for 30 minutes before cooking.
• To cook, lightly fry in a tbsp olive oil. Fry the meatballs for about 4 mins and then add the passata and bubble in sauce for about 10 minutes.
• Cook the spaghetti as per the pack instructions and spoon the sauce over.
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