turkey breast meatballs with pomodoro
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Turkey-Breast Meatballs with Pomodoro Sauce

These meatballs are delicious served with sauce over pasta and steamed greens. 

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turkey breast meatballs with pomodoro

Turkey-Breast Meatballs with Pomodoro Sauce

These meatballs are delicious served with sauce over pasta and steamed greens. 
Keep in mind that only the breast meat of turkey is lean. Some packaged ground turkey contains dark meat and ground-up skin. For dairy-free meatballs, leave out the cheese.
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: meatballs, pomodoro sauce, turkey
Servings: 5
Calories: 383kcal
Author: Layne Lieberman, R.D., C.D.N.


Pomodoro sauce

  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup (about 1 large) red onion finely diced
  • 3 cloves garlic peeled and flattened
  • 3 cups strained tomatoes (26-ounce can) no salt added
  • ½ cup water additional as needed
  • 3 sprigs fresh basil
  • ½ teaspoon salt optional
  • teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes


  • 3 egg whites lightly beaten
  • ½ cup onion (about 1 small onion) finely chopped
  • pounds ground turkey breast meat only
  • ½ cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons flat-leaf parsley finely chopped
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ cup plain, dry breadcrumbs
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • teaspoon garlic clove minced
  • 2 tablespoons fresh oregano finely chopped or 1 tablespoon dried
  • 2 tablespoons fresh basil finely chopped or 1 tablespoon dried


  • For sauce: In a medium-sized pot, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add onion, and reduce heat to medium low, stirring until onions are soft, 10–12 minutes. Add garlic, and cook 2–4 minutes, until aroma is released. Add tomatoes; stir to combine. 
  • Pour water into tomato container, and swirl to dissolve any remaining tomato. Add water to pot. Increase heat to medium-high, and when sauce starts to boil, reduce to medium-low to maintain a slight bubbling in center of sauce.
  • Add basil, salt and red pepper flakes; stir to combine. Simmer 30–40 minutes. Stir, taste, and
    adjust seasoning as needed. If sauce gets too thick, add water ¼ cup at a time. Remove and discard garlic and basil sprigs.
  • For meatballs, preheat oven to 450°. In a large bowl, thoroughly combine all ingredients. With clean, wet hands, form mixture into 10 meatballs by rolling between the palms of your hands.
  • Place meatballs in a large baking pan with a small amount of water—just enough to coat the pan. Cook 25 minutes or until done. Keep an eye on pan, and add water if needed.
  • Serve two meatballs per person, with a generous dollop of sauce.


Calories: 383kcal
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