Turkey Meatballs

Four of my favorite ingredients mixed together in this one tasty dish.

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Turkey, feta cheese, spinach and tomato sauce.

Heres the original recipe for the meatballs and sauce. Like most recipes, I usually never have all the ingredients on hand, so I end up making substitutions.

  • 1 small onion, finely diced (set 1/4 aside)
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced (set one aside)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup dried italian bread crumbs
  • 3 tablespoons ketchup
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley leaves
  • 1/3 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 pound ground dark turkey meat
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 cup spinach, wilted with water squeezed out
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon fresh basil, chopped
  • Dash of oregano
  • 1 28 oz diced tomatoes
  • 1 can pasta sauce
  • Fresh basil, chopped
  • Dried oregano
  • Salt / pepper
  1. Add 3/4 of the onion, garlic, egg, bread crumbs, ketchup, parsley, feta, spinach, spices and seasonings to a large bowl and blend. Mix in the turkey. Shape the turkey mixture into meatballs using a mini spring-loaded scooper or tablespoon. Place on a plate or baking sheet.
  2. Heat the oil in a heavy large frying pan over medium-high heat. Add remaining 1/4 onion and clove of garlic. Add the meatballs and saute until browned on all sides, about 5 minutes. Drain any excess oil.
  3. Add diced tomatoes and pasta sauce. If too runny, add a can of tomato paste. Turn the heat to medium-low and simmer, about 15 to 20 minutes. Season with spices to taste. Add more chopped parsley if desired, and serve over hot pasta.

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Deliciousness.

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