Spaghetti Sauce and Turkey Meatballs

Spaghetti Sauce and Turkey Meatballs

I found the basis for this recipe in a magazine a while back. I was intrigued by the turkey meatballs. It’s a much healthier option. I tweaked the recipe a bit and the results are very tasty. I don’t think I’ll go back to bottled pasta sauce from the store and I plan to make a large batch of the meatballs and freeze them for later use.

A friend of mine is Insulin resistant and uses this recipe.  Last year she made a large batch and canned it.  She said it turned out great and it’s nice to have the convenience of having it all ready to go whenever she needs it.

Spaghetti sauce with Turkey Meatballs
 
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Ingredients
Meatballs
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 pkg (10 oz) frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
  • ½ cup dry bread crumbs
  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 Tbsp dried onion
  • 1 large garlic clove, minced
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ⅛ tsp pepper
  • ¼ tsp rubbed sage
  • 1 lb ground turkey
Sauce
  • ½ lb sliced fresh mushrooms
  • ¼ cup onion, chopped
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1 can (14 ½ oz) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 can (8 oz) tomato sauce
  • 1 Tbsp dried parsley
  • 1 large garlic clove, minced
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • Hot cooked spaghetti noodles
Instructions
Meatballs
  1. In a large bowl, combine all ingredients for the meatballs and mix well.
  2. Shape into 1 ½ inch balls. I use my cookie scoop to make nice even meatballs.
  3. Place meatballs on a greased baking sheet with edges.
  4. Bake uncovered at 400 degrees for 25 – 30 minutes or until no longer pink.
Sauce
  1. In a large nonstick skillet, sauté mushrooms and onions in olive oil until tender.
  2. Stir in the remaining sauce ingredients; bring to a boil.
  3. Reduce heat and simmer uncovered for 8 – 10 minutes to let the flavors blend together.
  4. Add meatballs and heat through.
Serve over hot spaghetti noodles.
Tips
  1. This recipe yields 24 meatballs. My family LOVED them and even ate the ones I had planned on freezing for later.
Update
  1. I now make these meatballs in large batches and freeze them. I can buy the ground turkey at Sams club in 2½ pound packages. I make a total of 5 pounds at a time. I use my mixer to mix up all the ingredients. My boys pull them out for snacks and eat them plain, on a sandwich or with marinara sauce.