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Turkey Meatballs In Marinara Sauce

Turkey Meatballs in Marinara Sauce are so good and tender. Use low-fat turkey breast and you won’t miss the beef or the calories
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Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Course Main Course, Pasta, Poultry
Cuisine American, Italian
Servings 6 servings
Calories 257 kcal


  • 1 pound lean ground turkey breast
  • 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
  • ¼ cup Italian style season breadcrumbs or more as needed
  • ¼ cup freshly grated parmesan cheese plus more for serving
  • ½ cup finely grated carrot
  • ½ cup finely chopped onion
  • ¼ cup sun-dried tomatoes (packed in oil) rinsed, drained and finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley leaves plus some for garnish
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh thyme leaves or dried
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh oregano leaves or dried
  • 1 egg lightly beaten
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • Freshly ground pepper to taste
  • 1 batch Basic Marinara Sauce or 1 (28 -ounce) jar marinara


  • Preheat broiler. Lightly oil a rimmed baking sheet, or cover with aluminum foil and spray with cooking spray.
  • In a large bowl, combine the ground turkey with the olive oil, bread crumbs, Parmesan cheese, carrot, onion, sun-dried tomatoes, parsley, thyme, oregano, egg, salt, and pepper. Using your hands, mix well, if the mixture feels too loose, add a bit more bread crumbs until the meat holds together when forming a ball. Form into 2 inch balls (do not compact the meat, use a light touch when making the meatballs); place on the baking sheet. Place under the broiler for about 10 minutes, shaking the pan occasionally so all sides get brown and the meatballs are almost cooked.
  • Heat the marinara in a saucepan. Add meatballs; cover and cook on low heat for about 10 minutes, or until the meatballs absorb some of the sauce. While the meatballs are cooking; prepare pasta of your choice according to package directions.
  • Drain the pasta and divide between 6 heated pasta bowls; top with meatballs and marinara. Garnish with fresh parsley and freshly grated Parmesan cheese, if desired.


Best served on a long pasta such as spaghetti, linguine, or fettuccine.


Serving: 1gSodium: 641mgSugar: 5gFiber: 2gCholesterol: 89mgCalories: 257kcalPolyunsaturated Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 2gFat: 6gProtein: 30gCarbohydrates: 20g
Keyword lean meatballs, lean turkey meatballs, low-fat meatballs
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