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Spaghetti & Turkey Meatballs

Spaghetti & Turkey Meatballs

Spaghetti and turkey meatballs make the traditional spaghetti and meatballs recipe healthier. Create this entrée for a meal the whole family loves.

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20 min
Prep Time
50 min
Total Time



2 tablespoons Land O Lakes® Butter

1 small (1/2 cup) onion, chopped

1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh garlic

1 (28-ounce) can crushed tomatoes

1 (14.5-ounce) can diced tomatoes, undrained

1 1/2 teaspoons Italian seasoning

1 teaspoon sugar


1/2 teaspoon salt


1/4 teaspoon pepper


1 (20-ounce) package lean ground turkey

1 large Land O Lakes® Egg

1/2 cup finely crushed saltine crackers

2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese

2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh garlic

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon pepper


12 ounces uncooked dried spaghetti


Grated Parmesan cheese, if desired

How to make

  1. STEP 1

    Melt butter in 4-quart saucepan until sizzling; add onion and garlic. Cook over medium heat 2-3 minutes or until vegetables are softened. Add all remaining sauce ingredients. Continue cooking 3-4 minutes or until mixture comes to a boil.

  2. STEP 2

    Reduce heat to low; cook, stirring occasionally, 30-40 minutes or until sauce thickens.

  3. STEP 3

    Heat oven to 450°F.

  4. STEP 4

    Combine all meatball ingredients in bowl. Shape mixture into 24 (1 1/2-inch) balls; place onto greased 15x10x1-inch baking pan. Bake 10-13 minutes or until no longer pink inside.

  5. STEP 5

    Cook spaghetti according to package directions; drain. Keep warm.

  6. STEP 6

    Stir meatballs into sauce; serve over hot cooked spaghetti. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese, if desired.

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Tip #1

Turkey is high in protein and is a good source of phosphorous and zinc. Ground turkey can be found with the fresh meats or in the frozen foods section of your supermarket. Always defrost frozen ground turkey in the refrigerator and cook within 24 hours of thawing.

Nutrition (1 serving)

500 Calories
15 Fat (g)
115 Cholesterol (mg)
900 Sodium (mg)
62 Carbohydrates (g)
5 Dietary Fiber
30 Protein (g)
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