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Monday, June 3, 2013

Turkey Meatballs and Spaghetti

It's always a toss up for me between Mexican Food and Italian Food!   I love both!  
But we are eating healthy and staying fit so I have to be careful when I indulge in either one. 
 We were craving good old fashioned Spaghetti and Meatballs the other day but we didn't wish to lose any ground in our healthy journey.   So we tweaked a few recipes and came up with these:
Turkey Meatballs and Spaghetti
  • 1.25 lbs of lean ground Turkey
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs
  • 1/2 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, minced
  • 3 tablespoons fresh basil, minced
  • 1 tsp fresh ground black pepper
  • 3 cups pasta sauce
  • 12 oz whole grain spaghetti (or whole grain linguine)
  • 1/4 cup reduced-fat Parmesan cheese
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
2. In a large mixing bowl, combine turkey, egg whites, breadcrumbs, onion, garlic, parsley, basil and black pepper. Mix ingredients thoroughly and then shape into large 2 inch diameter meatballs. (This recipes makes 8 meatballs.)
3. Arrange meatballs on a baking sheet and bake in oven 45-50 minutes until thoroughly cooked.
4. In a large saucepan, combine the pasta sauce and the cooked meatballs. Simmer over low heat until the sauce warmed thoroughly, about 20 minutes.
5. While the pasta sauce is heating, prepare spaghetti (or linguine) accordingly to its package directions.
6. Drain spaghetti and place in large serving dish, top with meatballs and pasta sauce
7. Serve sprinkled with Parmesan cheese. (Serving size is two meatballs per person)
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  1. These sound yummy! I will have to try and make this.

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  2. Evelyn -- I often find when I make things with ground turkey -- such as meatloaf or hamburgers -- that they seem very dry compared to beef. Any suggestions for me?

    1. Lean ground Turkey can be dryer than ground beef, I always add extra low calorie flavor such as fresh herbs and freshly crushed garlic and chopped onions. This add moisture instead of the fat that makes ground beef moist:)

  3. Hi this looks like a good meatball recipe that I will have to try. I saw it on Tried and True recipes.
    Julie from

  4. Super YUMMY Monster meatballs! Thanks for sharing with Simple Supper Tuesday.

  5. Wow, this is making me really hungry

  6. Those look delicious :) I don't know why I never think to make meatballs when I make spaghetti!

  7. Yummy! I rarely take the time to make meatballs, but it really does make spaghetti much more special. ;-) Thanks for sharing your recipe.
    His blessings,
    Kim @ Curtain Queen

  8. Evelyn,
    You found my weekness. I could eat spaghetti everyday and my new thing is turkey burger. I will definitely try this recipe and it is pinned! I collect spaghetti recipes, so thank you for sharing yours at Tuesday Trivia.
    Check back for Friday Features.
    Wanda Ann @ Memories by the Mile

  9. I just recently tried ground turkey for the first time. I thought it was good. :) Thanks for sharing at A Humble Bumble, Evelyn. :)

  10. Brian loves Italian food :) I love the idea of making it healthier - pinned :)

  11. Looks delicious! Thank you for making my stomach growl!

  12. Hi
    I'm co hosting Katherine's Corner Hop this week and came by to say Hello. I love these.
    Angel @

  13. Looks yummy! Thanks for linking up at Tried and True Recipe party!

  14. Those meatballs look so delish!

    Thanks for linking up to Super Sunday!

  15. Thank you so much for sharing your great recipe with Full Plate Thursday and have a wonderful week.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  16. My daughter prefers turkey meatballs over beef and I've never made them from scratch. Thanks for sharing this on foodie friday.

  17. Thank you so much for sharing your recipe with Saturday Spotlight, it looks delicious. Enjoy the rest of your week, and hope to see you at the party again soon.


  18. What a delicious looking plate. Thanks for linking up to last weeks party. Can't wait to see what you link up this week!! Nichi

  19. That looks pretty good! I've never tried turkey meatballs before. Thanks so much for sharing the reicpe with us @ My Favorite Posts SHOW OFF Weekend Blog Party :)

    The Wondering Brain

  20. I like the fresh herbs in these monsters. Looks good--hearty and healthy! Thanks for linking!

  21. So glad I saw your heathy take on spaghetti at the Noodles Party. Pure comfort! Thanks for sharing the recipe, Evelyn =)

  22. G'day! Would love to come through the screen and try now! YUM!
    Thanks for sharing at the Foodie Friends Friday Nothing but Noodles Pasta party!
    Cheers! Joanne


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