Turkey Meatballs

Turkey MeatballsI took this American classic to a healthier new level by adding turkey and whole wheat pasta.

Haven’t met a family yet who doesn’t love spaghetti and meatballs and this is an easy way to introduce your little ones to whole wheat products.

Serves 4

Turkey Meatballs

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Yield: 8 cups

Serving Size: 2 cups

Calories per serving: 355 calories

Fat per serving: 6 g fat (1 g saturated)

Turkey Meatballs


  • 1 cup whole wheat breadcrumbs or gluten-free breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup grated sweet red bell pepper
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 pound of ground turkey, dark meat preferably
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 28-ounce cans of chopped tomatoes
  • sprig of fresh basil
  • 8 ounces whole wheat pasta or gluten free pasta , cooked according to the package instructions


  • Soak breadcrumbs in egg and red pepper, breaking up the mixture with your fingers until smooth. Add Parmesan, salt and pepper, mixing until well combined.
  • Add meat and garlic. Combine with bread mixture until the bread is well incorporated. Form two-inch meatballs and place on a sheet of aluminum or wax paper.
  • Heat a large skillet on high heat and add olive oil. When the oil is hot, add the meatballs and cook 4-5 minutes, turning occasionally until the meatballs are golden brown on all sides.
  • Add tomatoes and basil. Reduce to a simmer. Cook 10-15 minutes, covered, until the sauce thickens and the meatballs are cooked throughout. Serve immediately with pasta.

Nutritional Stats Per Serving (about 2 cups): 355 calories, 28 g protein, 47 g carbohydrates, 6 g fat (1 g saturated), 74 mg cholesterol, 5 g fiber, 530 mg sodium.

Weight Watchers® Points Plus: 8


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