Turkey Meatballs and Sauce Recipe
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Turkey Meatballs and Sauce Recipe

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My sweetie and I have fought the battle of the bulge forever. This is my less-fattening take on meatballs. They’re slow-cooker easy, and so flavorful! — Jane McMillan, Dania Beach, Florida
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 40 min. Cook: 6 hours
MAKES:8 servings
Healthy Contest Winning Test Kitchen Approved
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 40 min. Cook: 6 hours
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 1/4 cup egg substitute
  • 1/2 cup seasoned bread crumbs
  • 1/3 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt-free seasoning blend
  • 1-1/2 pounds lean ground turkey
  • SAUCE:
  • 1 can (15 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 small zucchini, chopped
  • 1 medium green pepper, chopped
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 can (6 ounces) tomato paste
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 package (16 ounces) whole wheat spaghetti

Nutritional Facts

4 meatballs with 3/4 cup sauce and 1 cup spaghetti equals 416 calories, 8 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 67 mg cholesterol, 533 mg sodium, 61 g carbohydrate, 10 g fiber, 28 g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, combine the egg substitute, bread crumbs, onion, pepper and seasoning blend. Crumble turkey over mixture and mix well. Shape into 1-in. balls; place on a rack coated with cooking spray in a shallow baking pan. Bake at 400° for 15 minutes or until no longer pink.
  2. Meanwhile, in a 4- or 5-qt. slow cooker, combine the tomato sauce, tomatoes, zucchini, green pepper, onion, tomato paste, bay leaves, garlic and seasonings. Stir in meatballs. Cover and cook on low for 6 hours. Cook spaghetti according to package directions; serve with meatballs and sauce. Yield: 8 servings.
Originally published as Turkey Meatballs and Sauce in Healthy Cooking August/September 2011, p31

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Reviewed Feb. 11, 2015

"Liked that there were all those veggies in the sauce."

Reviewed Jan. 8, 2013

"Love it I wouldn't change a thing."

Reviewed Oct. 18, 2011

"we loved the turkey meatballs, but the sauce lacked a deep tomato flavor, and was very veggie-ful and herby. which is good, but I added more tomatoes!"

Reviewed Sep. 8, 2011

"These are super yummy: a great way to get in lots of vegetables! I also added some celery . It tasted great! Next time I'll leave out the red pepper flakes, as we like our food very mild!"

Reviewed Aug. 23, 2011

"While I really liked the turkey meatballs, the sauce was not a hit at my house. I will continue to look for a good homemade sauce for the crock pot and will make these turkey meatballs again. Most turkey here is sold in 19 or 20 oz packages, not the 24 ounces called for in the recipe, so I had to make some adjustments in the other ingredients."

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