Italian Turkey Meatballs Recipe

Italian Turkey Meatballs Recipe
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Italian Turkey Meatballs Recipe

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What's not to love about moist and tender homemade Italian meatballs? Because they're made with lean turkey, they're lower in saturated fat, too! —Mary Berg, Lake Elmo, Minnesota
MAKES:
12 servings
TOTAL TIME:
Prep: 45 min. Cook: 4 hours
MAKES:
12 servings
TOTAL TIME:
Prep: 45 min. Cook: 4 hours

Ingredients

  • 3 slices white bread, torn into small pieces
  • 1/2 cup fat-free milk
  • 2 pounds lean ground turkey
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh parsley
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 4 teaspoons Italian seasoning, divided
  • 1 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1 teaspoon pepper, divided
  • 2 medium onions, chopped
  • 1 medium green pepper, chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 cans (28 ounces each) crushed tomatoes in puree
  • 2 cans (6 ounces each) tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 bay leaves
  • Hot cooked pasta
  • Additional minced fresh parsley and grated Parmesan cheese, optional

Directions

Preheat broiler. Combine bread and milk in a large bowl; let stand until liquid is absorbed. Add next five ingredients, 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper; mix lightly but thoroughly. Shape into 1-1/2-in. balls; place on a greased rack of a broiler pan. Broil 5-6 in. from heat until lightly browned, 4-5 minutes.
In a 6-qt. slow cooker, mix the next six ingredients and remaining Italian seasoning, salt and pepper. Add bay leaves and meatballs; gently stir into sauce.
Cook, covered, on low until meatballs are cooked through, 4-5 hours. Discard bay leaves. Serve with pasta; if desired, sprinkle with additional parsley and Parmesan cheese.
Freeze option: Omitting additional parsley and Parmesan cheese, freeze cooled meatball mixture in freezer containers. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Microwave, covered, on high in a microwave-safe dish until heated through, stirring gently and adding a little water if necessary. If desired, sprinkle with additional parsley and Parmesan. Yield: 12 servings.
Originally published as Italian Turkey Meatballs in Taste of Home Everyday Slow Cooker & One Dish Recipes Annual 2017, p28

Nutritional Facts

3 meatballs with 2/3 cup sauce: 239 calories, 8g fat (2g saturated fat), 85mg cholesterol, 588mg sodium, 23g carbohydrate (11g sugars, 4g fiber), 22g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 1-1/2 starch.

  • 3 slices white bread, torn into small pieces
  • 1/2 cup fat-free milk
  • 2 pounds lean ground turkey
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh parsley
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 4 teaspoons Italian seasoning, divided
  • 1 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1 teaspoon pepper, divided
  • 2 medium onions, chopped
  • 1 medium green pepper, chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 cans (28 ounces each) crushed tomatoes in puree
  • 2 cans (6 ounces each) tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 bay leaves
  • Hot cooked pasta
  • Additional minced fresh parsley and grated Parmesan cheese, optional
  1. Preheat broiler. Combine bread and milk in a large bowl; let stand until liquid is absorbed. Add next five ingredients, 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper; mix lightly but thoroughly. Shape into 1-1/2-in. balls; place on a greased rack of a broiler pan. Broil 5-6 in. from heat until lightly browned, 4-5 minutes.
  2. In a 6-qt. slow cooker, mix the next six ingredients and remaining Italian seasoning, salt and pepper. Add bay leaves and meatballs; gently stir into sauce.
  3. Cook, covered, on low until meatballs are cooked through, 4-5 hours. Discard bay leaves. Serve with pasta; if desired, sprinkle with additional parsley and Parmesan cheese.
  4. Freeze option: Omitting additional parsley and Parmesan cheese, freeze cooled meatball mixture in freezer containers. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Microwave, covered, on high in a microwave-safe dish until heated through, stirring gently and adding a little water if necessary. If desired, sprinkle with additional parsley and Parmesan. Yield: 12 servings.
Originally published as Italian Turkey Meatballs in Taste of Home Everyday Slow Cooker & One Dish Recipes Annual 2017, p28

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