EASY TURKEY MEATBALLS EASY TURKEY MEATBALLS

EASY TURKEY MEATBALLS

By Marianne Ghattas

EASY TURKEY MEATBALLS EASY TURKEY MEATBALLS

Ingredients

TURKEY MEATBALLS

1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs or regular breadcrumbs

1/2 cup milk, we use reduced fat

1 large egg

1 1/2 ounces Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, coarsely grated (generous 1/2 cup)

1/4 cup fresh parsley leaves and tender stems, chopped

1/2 teaspoon dried oregano

3/4 teaspoon salt

1 pound ground turkey (93% lean)

 

 TOMATO BASIL SAUCE

1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

2 garlic cloves, finely chopped

1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

2 tablespoons tomato paste

2 (28-ounce) cans crushed tomatoes

1 large basil sprig plus handful of torn basil leaves

Salt

 

Method

Sauce

  1. Heat olive oil in a large pan over medium heat. Once warm, add the garlic, and red pepper flakes to cook for 30s – 1 min.
  2. Stir in the tomato paste, simmer and stir regularly until the colour turns from bright red to orange (approx. 2min)
  3. Pour in the crushed tomatoes, add a pinch of salt, and top with the basil, then bring to a simmer.

Meatballs

  1. Stir breadcrumbs and milk into a large bowl and let sit for 5min.
  2. Add the egg, cheese, parsley, oregano and salt, then stir well until blended.
  3. Add the ground turkey and mix to combine (use a fork or your fingers)
  4. Wet your hands, then form mixture into 1-inch meatballs (approx. 24)
  5. Put meatballs into the sauce, cover the pan and cook for 20mins. Stir gently and cook for another 5-10mins, until the meatballs are cooked through.
  6. Scatter basil and extra sauce over the meatballs to serve.

 

NSS NOTE 1: These work fantastically with pre-pared meals. Simply arrange uncooked meatballs on a baking sheet or in a firm air-tight shut container and refrigerate for up to 2 days. You can do the same with the sauce which will last up to 3 days.

àThese can even be frozen the same way to keep for longer, up to 1 month for the meatballs and 3 months for the sauce.

NSS NOTE 2:Store the left-over meatballs for up to 1 week in a food-safe container. Simply take out when needed, reheat in the microwave and serve.

 

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