Pair these healthy turkey meatballs with baked spaghetti squash for a simple and tasty low-carb dinner. If you don’t have a skillet with a lid, make sure your nonstick skillet is OK to use in the oven—a cast-iron skillet is a safe bet. Gina Homolka is the founder of and @skinnytaste.

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Recipe Summary

30 mins
30 mins
Serves 6 (serving size: 3 meatballs)




Instructions Checklist
  • Prepare the meatballs: Combine turkey, sausage, panko, parsley, pecorino, Italian seasoning, salt, and grated garlic in a large bowl; form into 18 (2-inch) meatballs.

  • Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium; coat skillet with cooking spray. Working in batches, add meatballs to skillet, and cook until browned on all sides, about 2 minutes per side. Remove meatballs from skillet, and set aside.

  • Prepare the sauce: Reduce heat to medium-low. Add oil and smashed garlic to skillet; cook until garlic is golden, 1 to 2 minutes. Add tomatoes and crushed red pepper; return meatballs to skillet. Cover and simmer until cooked through, about 3 minutes. Uncover; add mozzarella pieces. Cover and cook until cheese is melted, about 2 minutes. If your skillet doesn’t have a lid, you can put it under the broiler until cheese is melted, 2 to 3 minutes. Garnish with additional chopped parsley.

Nutrition Facts

341 calories; fat 18g; saturated fat 5g; protein 30g; carbohydrates 13g; fiber 3g; sugars 5g; sodium 620mg.