Turkey Meatballs

8 lbs tomatoes, cut into chunks 1 large onion, chopped 1/4 cup plus 1 1/2 tbsp olive oil, divided 5 cloves garlic, roughly chopped 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes or 1 small dried hot pepper, chopped (optional) 1 tablespoon plus 1 tsp salt, preferably sea salt, divided 2 cups Italian bread, torn into bite-size pieces 3/4 cup 1 percent milk 1 lb ground turkey (93 percent lean) 1 egg, beaten 1/2 lb whole-wheat spaghetti Grated Parmesan or Romano (optional)

Yield: 8 servings ( Serving Size: 1 )
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  • 8 pound(s) tomatoes cut into chunks
  • 1 lg onion chopped
  • 1/4 cup(s) plus 1 1/2 tbp olive oil divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon(s) red pepper flakes
  • 1 tablespoon(s) plus 1 tsp sea salt
  • 2 cup(s) italian bread torn into bite size pcs
  • 5 clove(s) garlic chopped
  • 3/4 cup(s) 1 percent milk
  • 1 pound(s) ground turkey 93 percent lean
  • 1 egg beaten


  2. Heat oven to 400°. In a large baking dish, combine tomatoes, onion, 1/4 cup oil, garlic, pepper flakes (if desired) and 1 tbsp salt; cover; roast 45 minutes. Remove dish from oven; mash mixture to break down tomatoes. Cook, uncovered, until sauce is thick and reduced, 45 minutes. In a bowl, soak bread in milk until it absorbs liquid, 10 minutes; add turkey, egg and remaining 1 tsp salt; mix until just combined. Gently roll meat mixture into 16 equal-sized balls. In a large nonstick saucepan, heat remaining 1 1/2 tbsp oil over medium-high heat. Sauté meatballs, turning occasionally, until light brown, 5 minutes. Add tomato sauce to meatballs; reduce heat; simmer until cooked through, 20 minutes. Cook pasta as directed on package. Serve sauce over pasta; top with cheese, if desired.
March 2012

This recipe is a personal recipe added by salter572 and has not been tested or endorsed by MyRecipes.

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