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Meatballs {with Turkey Meat}

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Happy Monday! Todays topic is… Meatballs, Meatballs, and more Meatballs. I thought that this would fit in nicely with last fridays post on Homemade Tomato Sauce. After all, everybody needs a good meatball with their spaghetti, right!

In our house, we use A- LOT of chicken, lean steaks, and ground turkey meat. So for these Meatballs I used, yup you guessed it, ground turkey meat. Whenever your using turkey meat, you have to be careful and keep an eye on it because it can go dry really fast. In order to keep the moisture in these meatballs, I added some frozen spinach. But, you can add whatever you want. In fact, I was thinking of adding roasted red pepper to these, but thought I would give ya’ll a “roasted red pepper” break. 🙂

These Meatballs are so stinking easy to make and are a great compliment to spaghetti or they can steal the show with a meatball sub sandwich!  Plus, my son Cason loved them! {and he’s a little picky}

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To get started, preheat oven to 375º. Chop up 1 small onion and mince 2 cloves of garlic , add to a medium sized bowl along with 1.5 lbs of ground turkey meat.

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Next dethaw 10 oz. of frozen spinach and then squeeze all the liquid out. {I did the cheater route and put the spinach in the microwave to warm up and then squeezed the liquid out :)}


Next, add 1 T. of dry basil, 1 1/2 tsp. of dry oregano, 1 tsp. of salt,  1/2 tsp. of pepper, 1 egg, and 1/2 cup of shredded parmesan cheese. Mix all ingredients together by hand. Form into 2″ balls and place on baking sheet. {it should make about a dozen meatballs}

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Put baking sheet in oven for 30 minutes.

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Serve on spaghetti with Homemade Tomato Sauce.

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Baked turkey meatballs in the baking dish with parsley on top.

Turkey Meatballs

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  • Author: Krista
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 12 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: Italian


This juicy turkey meatballs recipe with fragrant garlic, herby oregano, and savory parmesan is an easy Italian dinner.


  • 1 lbs of ground turkey
  • 2 egg
  • 1 cup of yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon dry basil
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon of pepper
  • 1/4 cup of grated parmesan
  • 1/2 cup gluten free panko


  1. Preheat oven to 400º.
  2. To a large bowl add ground turkey, egg, onion, garlic, basil, oregano, salt, pepper, parmesan and panko. Mix all ingredients together by hand.
  3. Form into 2″ balls and place in a greased baking sheet or baking dish. {it should make about a dozen meatballs}
  4. Bake for 15-20 uncovered.
  5. Serve on spaghetti with Homemade Tomato Sauce.

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