Spicy Turkey Meatballs

Everyone needs a good meatball recipe in their lives. These Spicy Turkey Meatballs are packed full of flavor with a subtle heat to make you keep going back for more. They are simmered in a rich tomato sauce and then can be spooned over your choice of pasta, topped off with some parmesan cheese and devoured.

Spicy Turkey Meatballs - KJ & Company

When you have these meatballs simmering away on your stovetop, they will fill your house with warmth! A rich, buttery tomato sauce with a slight hint of heat soaks into the turkey meatballs to make a perfect combination. The ease of these meatballs is just as equally as satisfying as eating them. Well, maybe not as satisfying as eating them, but it’s pretty close! All you need to do is assemble the meatballs, get the sauce simmering and then let them bathe in the tomato goodness until they are ready to eat. Dinner ready in a snap.

Spicy Turkey Meatballs - KJ & Company

Whether they are for a weeknight dinner, date night, or Sunday super, these meatballs will make anyone happy. Leftovers of these puppies aren’t so bad either! Serve them up family-style and have everyone dig in, or plate them for a beautiful masterpiece to impress everyone around you. Either way, they will be enjoyed!

Spicy Turkey Meatballs - KJ & Company

If you won’t have the time to make these meatballs when you get home for dinner, they can definitely be made in a crock pot for an easy dinner that’s ready when you get home! Simply add all of the ingredients for the sauce into the slow cooker, roll up the meatballs, place them in the sauce, set the cooker on low and have a wonderful dinner ready for you when you get home. Hassle-free and delicious.

 

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Spicy Turkey Meatballs

These Spicy Turkey Meatballs are packed full of flavor with a subtle heat to make you keep going back for more. They are simmered in a rich tomato sauce and then can be spooned over your choice of pasta, topped off with some parmesan cheese and devoured.

  • Author: KJ & Company - Kate Poskochil
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 35 minutes
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: 12-15 meatballs depending on size made

Ingredients

For the sauce:

  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1 tablespoon chopped garlic
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 2 – 29oz cans tomato sauce

For the turkey meatballs:

  • 2.5 lbs ground turkey
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/3 cup bread crumbs
  • 1/3 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

Instructions

For the sauce:

  1. In the bottom of a large pot or dutch oven, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add in the onion and garlic and sauté until fragrant and translucent, about a few minutes. Add in the crushed red pepper flakes, basil, oregano, thyme and salt. Stir to combine.
  2. Pour in the tomato sauce and add in the butter. Stir until all of the ingredients are combined. Bring the sauce to a simmer and reduce the heat to a medium-low heat.

For the turkey meatballs:

  1. In a medium bowl, combine the ground turkey, egg, salt, crushed red pepper, oregano, cayenne pepper, bread crumbs and mozzarella cheese. Use either a rubber spatula or hands to combine (hands usually work the best).
  2. Roll the meatballs into rounded 2 tablespoon portions. Place all of the meatballs into the prepared sauce, about an inch in between each meatball to keep them from sticking to each other.
  3. Cover them with a lid and let them simmer for 25 minutes. Take the lid off, reduce the heat to low and let simmer for another 10 minutes until the sauce has slightly reduced and thickened. Serve with your choice of pasta, parmesan cheese and fresh basil.

Notes

If you don’t have time or the ingredients to make the sauce from scratch, you can use your favorited canned spaghetti sauce to simmer the meatballs in. If you still want to keep the heat element in the sauce, I would still add in the the crushed red pepper flakes that the sauce calls for.

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1 Comment

  1. Albert Bevia February 19, 2018

    I need a good meatball recipe in my life….and this is it! these sound truly incredible, love all the spices and herbs that you used here…amazing recipe…thank you 🙂


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