by Olena

Easy Turkey Meatballs

by Olena

5 from 1 reviews

Healthy, tender and easy Turkey Meatballs Recipe cooked in jarred sauce on the stove or in a slow cooker will for sure become your family's favourite.

I think I can speak for everyone and say “We all love meatballs!”. Here are healthy meatballs I made so far: slow cooker porcupine meatballs (not in tomato sauce), Mexican meatballs and turkey quinoa meatballs

Meatballs are really cooking for dummies 101 recipe: meat, egg, breadcrumbs, onion, garlic, salt and pepper. That is pretty much it. The key to tasty meatballs is to brown them slightly first. That way they hold their shape and are more flavourful. My grandma always made meatballs. We didn’t eat them with spaghetti but rather mashed potatoes (cauliflower mashed potatoes would be great with these). Then you can either cook them in the oven or a slow cooker. Really depends on your schedule that particular day.

My recipe for easy turkey meatballs got even “dummier” because I used jarred pasta sauce. I was too lazy to make my own and frankly there is no need to when there are such great options as Simply Natural organic pasta sauces. They do not have added sugar and are delicious. I buy mine at Costco for a sweet price.

Enjoy these easy turkey meatballs!

How to Make Easy Turkey Meatballs

  1. In a large mixing bowl, add ground turkey, onion, garlic, egg, breadcrumbs, salt and pepper. Using your hands, stir well to combine, form 40 golf ball size meatballs (I use small ice cream scoop) and place on a large plate. Healthy, tender and easy Turkey Meatballs Recipe cooked in jarred sauce on the stove or in a slow cooker will for sure become your family's favourite.
  2. Preheat large non-stick skillet on medium heat and spray with cooking spray. Cook meatballs until browned, turning once and working in batches.
  3. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (if using slow cooker skip this step). Pour pasta sauce in a large heavy bottom saucepan or slow cooker and add browned meatballs. Cover and bake for 30-40 minutes in the oven OR cook on Low for 6 hours or on High for 3 hours in a slow cooker. Healthy, tender and easy Turkey Meatballs Recipe cooked in jarred sauce on the stove or in a slow cooker will for sure become your family's favourite.
  4. Garnish with fresh basil or parsley and serve hot with whole wheat spaghetti, brown rice or quinoa. Healthy, tender and easy Turkey Meatballs Recipe cooked in jarred sauce on the stove or in a slow cooker will for sure become your family's favourite.
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Easy Turkey Meatballs

5 from 1 reviews

Healthy, tender and easy Turkey Meatballs Recipe cooked in jarred sauce on the stove or in a slow cooker will for sure become your family’s favourite.

  • Author: ifoodreal.com
  • Prep Time: 25 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x
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Ingredients

  • 2 lbs ground turkey
  • 1 small onion, minced*
  • 1 large garlic clove, crushed
  • 1 egg, large
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat breadcrumbs (GF if necessary)
  • 1/2 tsp salt**
  • Ground black pepper, to taste
  • 24 oz jar organic pasta or marinara sauce, low sodium
  • Cooking spray (I use Misto)

Instructions

  1. In a large mixing bowl, add ground turkey, onion, garlic, egg, breadcrumbs, salt and pepper. Using your hands, stir well to combine, form 40 golf ball size meatballs (I use small ice cream scoop) and place on a large plate.
  2. Preheat large non-stick skillet on medium heat and spray with cooking spray. Cook meatballs until browned, turning once and working in batches.
  3. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (if using slow cooker skip this step). Pour pasta sauce in a large heavy bottom saucepan or slow cooker and add browned meatballs. Cover and bake for 30-40 minutes in the oven OR cook on Low for 6 hours or on High for 3 hours in a slow cooker.
  4. Garnish with fresh basil or parsley and serve hot with whole wheat spaghetti, brown rice or quinoa.

Store: Refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 5 days.

Freeze: Fully cook, cool completely and freeze in an airtight container for up to 3 months. Thaw on a stovetop covered on low.

Notes

*Pulse onion, garlic and egg in a food processor or blender.
**Use more salt if your pasta sauce and ground turkey do not contain much sodium.

 Did you make this recipe? Please give it a star rating in the comments.

 

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Hello and welcome to iFOODreal.

My name is Olena Osipov. I'm a mom to 2 boys and a wife to Alex. And this is our healthy family recipes blog. I grew up in Ukraine on real food. As an adult, I tried many diets without results. Now for over 10 years, I cook quick and easy healthy meals for my family. I can help you with “What’s for dinner?” too.

What You Will Find Here

Healthy family recipes with simple ingredients. Many are inspired by my Ukrainian heritage. I share mostly dinner recipes because it just never ends... I’m obsessed with healthy freezer meals. And more than in love with my Instant Pot.

A Little More About Me

Originally from Ukraine, I now reside on magic Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada with my family. I started this blog in 2012 when I ended up at home with 2 small kids unemployed and a wee bit chubby.

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  1. just made these in my slow cooker — they are fabulous! thanks for posting this, I’ll be sure to check out more of your recipes 🙂

  2. I made the turkey thai meatballs….. again, they are a staple in our house… delicious. Also we had the artichoke chicken again this weekend but instead of the mashed potatoes with bacon and cream cheese this time we had mashed cauliflower, delicious !

    1. Hi Melissa. Glad to hear that. I love meatballs and mashed veggies. Such a comfort food. Next I want to make veggie meatballs but I want them moist. Ikea’s look so good!

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