Great Tastes of Manitoba

Spaghetti and Turkey Meatballs

1 hour
Prep: 15 mins | Cook: 45 mins | Servings: 4-6

Ingredients

Tomato Sauce:

  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) onion, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp (25 mL) garlic
  • 2 tbsp (25 mL) olive oil
  • 2 can (26 oz / 796 mL) whole Italian tomatoes (such as San Marzano)
  • 1/2 tsp (2 mL) sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp (1 mL) freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tbsp (25 mL) fresh basil, coarsely chopped

Meatballs:

  • 1 lb (454 g) ground turkey
  • 1/4 cup (60 mL) onion, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp (25 mL) garlic, finely chopped
  • 1/2 tsp (2 mL) sea salt

Directions

Tomato Sauce:

  1. In a saucepan, saute onions and garlic over medium heat in olive oil until translucent.
  2. Remove tomato seeds and pulp from whole tomatoes. Place pulp and seeds in the remaining tomato juice and strain well. Set aside the juice and discard the seeds and pulp.
  3. In a food processor, blend the whole tomatoes with onions and garlic, adding the juice back in with the processed mixture.
  4. Simmer for 20 minutes, stirring frequently. Season with salt and pepper, add basil and then set aside.

Meatballs:

  1. Combine turkey, onions, garlic, salt and pepper and form into meatballs by the heaping tablespoon.
  2. Saute meatballs in olive oil until nicely browned.
  3. Add meatballs to sauce and simmer for an additional 15 minutes.

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