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turkey meatballs recipe

Italian Turkey Meatballs Recipe

Easy turkey meatballs that are perfect served over whole wheat spaghetti or zucchini noodles.
Course Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 218kcal
Author Rena


  • 1 pound ground turkey 93% lean
  • 1/4 cup breadcrumbs use gluten-free version if needed
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 3 cups marinara sauce look for a low-sugar, low-fat variety, warmed
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • cooking spray


  • Preheat the broiler. Line a sheet pan with foil and coat the foil with cooking spray.
  • Place the turkey, breadcrumbs, salt, pepper, garlic powder, basil, egg and water in a bowl; mix until thoroughly combined. You may need to add more water, 1 teaspoon at a time, to get a smooth mixture.
  • Take approximately 2 tablespoons of the meat mixture and roll it into a ball.
  • Place the meatball on the sheet pan and repeat with remaining meat.
  • Spray the tops of the meatballs with cooking spray. Broil for 10 minutes or until meatballs are just done.
  • Place the meatballs on a plate and pour the marinara sauce over the top, sprinkle with parsley and serve immediately.



Alternate option:
If you prefer a warmer sauce, cook the sauce in a skillet over medium heat for about 3-4 minutes. Then add the turkey meatballs over the sauce, toss until combined and then serve. 


Calories: 218kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 31g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 103mg | Sodium: 1526mg | Potassium: 997mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 905IU | Vitamin C: 14.1mg | Calcium: 60mg | Iron: 3.6mg