Skinny Italian Turkey Meatballs

These lightened up Italian turkey meatballs have been lightened up using ground turkey instead of beef. They are the perfect family friendly meal for any night of the week!

It is best to make these meatballs small so they hold together. These little meatballs make a great appetizer with toothpicks inserted, or have them for lunch with good Italian bread, or dinner over pasta.

I’ve slightly changed this recipe after making this a few times, so if you have an old printout I suggest you re-print this out.

Skinny Italian Turkey Meatballs

These lightened up Italian turkey meatballs have been lightened up using ground turkey instead of beef. They are the perfect family friendly meal for any night of the week!

Ingredients:

  • 20 oz (1.3 lb) ground turkey breast 99% lean
  • 1/4 cup whole wheat seasoned breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup Reggiano Parmigiano cheese, grated
  • 1/4 cup parsley, finely chopped
  • 1 egg
  • 1 large clove garlic, crushed
  • 1 tsp kosher salt + fresh pepper

For the marinara sauce:

  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, smashed
  • 2 28 oz cans crushed tomatoes (I like Tuttorosso)
  • 1/2 small onion, keep whole
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1/4 cup fresh chopped basil
  • salt and fresh pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. In a medium size pot, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add garlic and saute until golden, being careful not to burn. Add crushed tomatoes, onion, salt, pepper, oregano, basil and bay leaf. Stir and reduce heat to low. Cover and let simmer on low 5-10 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine ground turkey, breadcrumbs, egg, parsley, garlic and cheese. Using wet hands, mix all the ingredients well until everything is combined. Form small meatballs, about the size of a ping ping ball (1/8th cup each).
  3. Add the meatballs to the sauce and cook about 20 minutes. Discard the bay leaf and serve over pasta or on whole wheat Italian bread for a meatball hero.

Nutrition Information

Yield: 6 servings, Serving Size: 4 meatballs with sauce

  • Amount Per Serving:
  • Smart Points: 6
  • Points +: 5
  • Calories: 230
  • Total Fat: 5g
  • Saturated Fat: g
  • Cholesterol: mg
  • Sodium: mg
  • Carbohydrates: 21g
  • Fiber: 3g
  • Sugar: 0.1g
  • Protein: 21g