Braised Turkey Meatballs with Quick Tomato Sauce

Braised Turkey Meatballs with Quick Tomato Sauce is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 17.
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Prep Time: 40 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 4

Serve these meatballs on their own (with plenty of crusty bread to mop up the flavorful sauce) or spoon over spaghetti. Add a tossed green salad and dinner is served.

Ingredients:

  • 3 Tbs. plus 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 yellow onion, grated
  • 1/2 large carrot, peeled and grated
  • Kosher salt, to taste, plus 1 tsp.
  • 1 lb. ground turkey
  • 1 1/2 cups fine fresh bread crumbs
  • 1 egg, whisked
  • 2 tsp. chopped fresh sage
  • 1/2 tsp. freshly ground pepper, plus more, to taste
  • 2 cans (each 28 oz.) whole San Marzano tomatoes, with juices
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tsp. dried oregano
  • Grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese for serving

Directions:

In a large sauté pan over medium-high heat, warm 1 Tbs. of the olive oil. Add the onion, carrot and a few pinches of salt and cook, stirring, until soft, about 5 minutes. Transfer to a large bowl and let cool.

Add the ground turkey, bread crumbs, egg, sage, the 1 tsp. salt and the 1/2 tsp. pepper to the bowl and mix gently but thoroughly with your hands. Form the mixture into 12 meatballs, each about 3 Tbs.

In the same pan over medium-high heat, warm 2 Tbs. of the olive oil. Add the meatballs and cook until browned, about 1 minute per side. Transfer to a plate.

Put the tomatoes and their juices in a food processor. While pulsing, slowly stream in the 1/4 cup olive oil through the feed tube until the tomatoes are pureed but still a bit chunky. Stir in the garlic and oregano, and season with salt and pepper.

Pour the tomato sauce into the same pan, place over medium heat and heat until the sauce is warm. Add the meatballs, cover and reduce the heat to low. Simmer, stirring once or twice, until the meatballs are cooked through, about 30 minutes.

Divide the meatballs and sauce among individual pasta bowls. Sprinkle with cheese and serve immediately. Serves 4.

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from great meatballs great turkey alternative- my husband likes this recipe better than my regular meatballs (which are excellent). i've never made the sauce- i finish cooking these in my go to marinara sauce (Rao's). they also freeze well.
Date published: 2015-12-18
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Meatballs good- sauce ok The meatballs were light and delicious,I used fesh breadcrumbs, and I added ital seasoning and garlic powder. i cooked them for about 5 mins- browning on all sides - before i took them out of the pan to start the sauce The sauce was ok. i added crushed red peppers, sugar,and some wine. Also, this makes a lot of sauce. I heated it through and then put MB's back in. I cooked it on simmer for about 40 minutes to cook down the sauce.
Date published: 2015-04-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Easy and Delicious! Everything about this recipe is just perfect. The kids love it and so do the grownups! I only used one can of sauce as I hate having leftover sauce when all the meatballs are gone. We added some basil and a tiny bit of sugar to the sauce, just to take it up a notch. Served over Spaghetti Squash and you have a pretty healthy meal. Thank you WS!
Date published: 2014-02-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Ground Turkey I find that a lot of people think that "ground turkey" is the ideal fat free solution, and don't realize that just "ground turkey" has a significant amount of fat in it.. Ground turkey breast or white meat has little to no fat in it. In my market, they are usually side by side; so it is easy to pick the wrong one, even if you know the difference.
Date published: 2013-10-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Healthy Favorite This is great healthy alternative to regular meatballs. I have made it several times during the week. It has become a staple in my regular menu.
Date published: 2013-02-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Delicious, Healthy, Family Favorite This is a go-to recipe for every member of the family. It's delicious and healthy, and even my family's pickiest eaters like the turkey meatballs. I serve with freshly grated parmesan and a salad for a hearty dinner. Leftovers are also delicious reheated in the microwave. I think the quick tomato sauce is good as prepared, yet it could be enhanced if the cook chooses (e.g., extra garlic, basil, etc.)
Date published: 2013-01-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sooooo Good for any occassion These meatballs are simply delicious! I followed the recipe as written (doubled) and froze the meatballs and sauce for a holiday party the following week. I served them with Lasagna and they were gobbled up...all of them. They are moist, the sauce is simple (I did add more of the spice than recommeded) and good. I could see these being served for lunch in a meatball hero, at a ball game for fun food or like I did at a party with a equally delicious pasta partner.
Date published: 2013-01-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Easy & Delicious Meatballs & Sauce I was looking for a new turkey meatball recipe to make for my family of 4. I have tried to make tomato sauce time and time again and it never turns out. I followed this recipe almost exactly and it turned out delicious! I used a 1/2 cup of store bought bread crumbs like others suggested. When it came to the sauce I used only 1 can of tomatoes, added a pinch of pepper flakes and a little sugar. It was the best I have ever tasted! My husband who doesn't believe in leftovers, even asked me to save the rest so he can eat for lunch tomorrow.
Date published: 2012-12-15
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