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Easy turkey meatballs with pasta and tomato sauce

Easy Turkey Meatballs


These turkey meatballs are so easy you’ll want to add them to your weeknight dinner rotation!


  • 1/2 cup plain breadcrumbs
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup feta cheese, crumbled
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • fresh ground black pepper, 5-6 turns of the mill
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 2 cups store-bought marinara sauce


  1. In a large bowl combine the breadcrumbs, egg, cheese, tomato paste, oregano, garlic and onion powders, salt, black pepper, and 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Add the ground turkey and, mix until just combined.
  2. In a large pan heat the remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil over medium heat. While the pan is preheating quickly form golf ball sized meatballs. Add the meatballs to the pan. Depending on the size of your pan you may need to do this in batches. You want the meatballs to have some space so they brown properly. I used a 5 quart saute pan.
  3. Give the meatballs a chance to brown all over by periodically rolling them around. You may need to adjust the heat up or down. Once browned, lower the heat to medium and add the tomato sauce. Gently stir the meatballs around so they get coated with the sauce. You want the sauce to simmer, so adjust the heat to medium or medium-low. Allow the meatballs to simmer in the sauce for at least another 10 minutes. Serve with pasta.
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Italian-American


  • Serving Size: 3 meatballs
  • Calories: 281
  • Sugar: 5.5g
  • Sodium: 906.9mg
  • Fat: 18.8g
  • Saturated Fat: 4.3g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 13g
  • Trans Fat: 0.1g
  • Carbohydrates: 10.2g
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Protein: 18.7g
  • Cholesterol: 90.5mg

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