Turkey Meatballs in Tomato Basil Sauce

These lean and delicious turkey meatballs are cooked in a tomato basil sauce for an easy everyday treat. These are great with cheese on your favorite pasta or as a tasty filling for a sub!



15 Mins

Prep Time

20 Mins

Cook Time


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Prepare and Form the Turkey Meatballs

Mix the following ingredients in a bowl. Portion into 12 even portions and roll the mixture between your palms to form tight balls about the size of a golf ball. Lay the meatballs on a tray or plate and set aside.

  • Ground Turkey1 lb.
  • Eggs1
  • Kosher Salt1 tsp.
  • Black Pepper(freshly cracked)10 turns
  • Garlic Powder½ tsp.

Cooking Steps

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1. Add the Oil while Preheating the Pan

Add the oil and preheat the pan to 435°F/225°C (high).

  • High Heat Oil(grapeseed, vegetable, canola)1 Tbsp.

2. Add Some Meatballs and Begin Searing

Add 6-7 meatballs to the pan without overcrowding. Cook for 2 minutes on each side or until slightly charred on both sides. Once the meatballs are seared off completely, remove and transfer to a plate or tray lined with paper towels. Continue searing off the remaining meatballs. Once all the meatballs are seared, set aside for later use. Don't wash the pan.

  • Turkey Meatballsall

3. Add Some Oil While Preheating the Pan

Add some more oil and set the pan to 300°F/150°C (medium). Allow to preheat.

  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil1 Tbsp.

4. Add and Toast the Garlic

Add the chopped garlic to the pan and cook for 45 seconds to 1 minute, or until the garlic starts to cook and brown, making sure not to burn it.

  • Garlic Clove(finely chopped)1

5. Make the Sauce and Cook the Meatballs

Reduce the temperature to 235°F/115°C and stir in the tomatoes and seasoning. Arrange the meatballs in the sauce and cook for 10-15 minutes or until the sauce has reduced by half and the meatballs are cooked through (Internal temperature of 155°F/68°C or you can cut into one to check). Gently shake the pan and stir occasionally to ensure even doneness.

  • Petite Diced Tomato(or crushed)14 oz
  • Kosher Salt½ tsp.
  • Black Pepper10 turns
  • Meatballs(seared)all

6. Finish and Serve as Desired

Stir in the sliced basil before serving the meatballs over pasta, or in your favorite sub sandwich. Top with shredded mozzarella for a yummy finish.

  • Shredded Mozzarella(optional)½ cup
  • Basil Leaves(thinly sliced)5