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To make meatballs that are moist and tender, avoid using very lean ground turkey.

Source: Everyday Food, March/April 2003
Total Time Prep Servings



Cook's Notes

Keeping your hands wet when forming meatballs will prevent the meat from sticking, making the task much easier.

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  • bts1969gmailc
    24 JAN, 2016
    Excellent!!! I only deviated by lightly sauté the meatballs before adding them to the sauce and added 2 tablespoons of sugar to the sauce in order to reduce overall acidity. Perfect recipe for a colon cancer survivor like myself, trying to avoid red meat but still enjoying a GREAT meal! Thank you Martha!
  • MS10688918
    21 AUG, 2014
    Wow, my family truly loves this. My son requests it regularly. Tonight, I snuck some fresh spinach into the meatball mixture & no one was the wiser. I love it when my kids willingly eat wholesome meals!
  • BASEtraining
    2 JAN, 2013
    This recipe was awesome! I am always looking for whole food recipes to pin and share and try with my 90/10 nutrition challenge groups ( This fit perfectly and was a big hit. Highly recommended. The prep is a little more involved than some might like and you might get a bit messy making the meatballs but it is worth it. I love this recipe.
  • DorM
    18 OCT, 2012
    A favorite Everyday Food recipe since it was published. I add a sprinkle of red pepper flakes along with the tomato paste. This one recipe where my family prefers whole-wheat spaghetti to my surprise and delight.I slightly undercook the spaghetti and then add to the sauce an let it cook for a few more minutes.
  • cheereeo
    29 MAY, 2012
    This recipe was incredible. I was reluctant to try it since the meatballs weren't first browned and I thought the onion would be overpowering, but I am so glad I tried it. The balls kept together nicely and tasted incredible and made the sauce taste extra delicious. I followed it to the tee except I didn't have the crushed tomatoes in my cabinet, so I used a 28-oz can of whole san marzano tomatoes and one 14-oz can of tomato sauce. YUM. THANKS
  • makeitsweet
    8 FEB, 2012
    I have been making these meatballs for years and they are super soft and yummy! My husband and 2 young kids love them in toasted french rolls with melted cheese and a little of the sauce... Thanks for a great recipe!!
  • Fantm
    27 JAN, 2009
    These were really good! Easy to make and lots of flavor. I had plenty leftover to freeze (uncooked) so I have them on-hand for busy nights. My non-meat eating son even will eat these (ok, just one of them)!
  • katiemommy
    21 MAR, 2008
    Delicious and quick to make. I had everything together in less than an hour. All ingredients were on hand - I didn't have to run to grocery store for anything. The meatballs were full of flavour - I wasn't sure about the turkey but they tasted better than my hamburger meatballs. The kids loved them, I will be making them again and again.

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