This easy healthy baked turkey meatballs recipe for four can be on the table in just one hour! Made with lean turkey mince it's a great quick healthy meal!
Today folks I'd like to show you just how easy it is to take a few simple ingredients and make them into this sumptuous healthy baked turkey meatballs dish.
There's no more having to buy shop bought processed turkey mince meatballs recipes made with ingredients you've never heard of.
Here you can make your own delicious Italian style baked turkey meatballs using lean turkey mince.
They brown gently and evenly in your oven meaning perfect meatballs each time to serve at your dinner table.
And whilst they're browning you make the delicious simple tomato chilli sauce recipe that goes with them too!
Not only is lean turkey mince healthier but it's often cheaper than beef mince.
And baking the meatballs instead of frying them makes these turkey meatballs a much healthier alternative too!
It's so worthwhile spending the time to cook from scratch.
To know that what you're feeding yourselves and your family is a good wholesome heart healthy meal!
You definitely want to add this turkey mince meatballs to your healthy recipes with turkey mince folder!
You know folks, I love recipes like this easy turkey meatballs dinner where no time is wasted sitting around whilst parts cook.
Here, you make the meatballs.
Then once they're baking you make the sauce at the same time.
You can even get the dishes done whilst all that is happening too.
How To Make Baked Turkey Meatballs
- Firstly, it's a simple process of adding all the meatball ingredients into a bowl and mixing them together in the good old fashioned way, with your hands!
- Next, and again just using your hands, form either 12 or 16 balls of the turkey mixture (depending on how many you want to serve to each person) and place them onto the greased baking tray.
- Now, we're not taking art classes or making sculptures here so they don't have to be perfectly sized. Indeed mine frequently aren't as you can see!
- Pop the tray of meatballs into your preheated oven and let them bake for approximately 25 - 30 minutes.
- Then, keep an eye on them whilst baking, as you don't want them to burn.
- Also, I don't know if you're got an oven like mine that although it's a fan oven, it doesn't seem to cook things evenly. So I need to turn the tray of meatballs around halfway during cooking to ensure they're cooked through evenly.
- The final stage, whilst you're baking these meatballs is to make your sauce. Simply heat your sauce ingredients in a frying pan until they're reduced to a thicker consistency.
- And then once the sauce and the meatballs are ready you simply put them all into the frying pan, garnish and serve!
Your Questions About These Turkey Meatballs
- How do I know when the meatballs are cooked? They should be firm and lightly browned.
- How do I stop my meatballs from falling apart? It's easier to bake meatballs than to fry them because you're not moving them around a frying pan. They should keep their shape in the oven, binding together as they bake. You do not need to turn them either.
- Can I adjust the seasonings? Of course! Why not make these meatballs your own by trying out different seasonings like basil, oregano or other mixed herbs?
- Can I use minced beef instead of minced turkey? Yes, if you can't get turkey then beef will do just fine.
- How long can I keep my meatballs for? Store raw in the fridge, covered for up to 24 hours before baking them. Or freeze them raw.
- Can I freeze the cooked meatballs and sauce? Yes I often cook more than required and freeze the leftovers in containers with some of the sauce. They make a great quick healthy meal for future!
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Other Healthy Recipes With Turkey Mince You Might Also Like
- Healthy slow cooker turkey chilli is a delicious lightly spiced and easy version of the Mexican classic recipe. This tasty dish is one all the family will love!
- Quick healthy turkey burgers are not only tasty but they’re lower in fat and healthier than traditional beef ones. Ready in just 30 minutes they make a fantastic quick healthy meal.
- Turkey filo pastry samosas are filled with delicious lightly spiced turkey mince. The're baked rather than deep fried making them a great quick healthy meal!
- Shepherd's pie with turkey mince is an easy quick healthy family meal. Made with turkey mince and frozen vegetables this delicious recipe is budget friendly too!
Thank you again to those good folks at Cirio for their excellent chopped tomatoes which they sent me so that I could make this delicious baked turkey meatballs in tomato and chilli sauce for you, my readers.
The quality of Cirio's chopped tomatoes make the tomato and chilli sauce in this baked turkey meatballs dish just so rich and fresh tasting!
Baked Turkey Meatballs in Tomato and Chilli Sauce Recipe
These turkey mince meatballs are delicious served with a portion of pasta each or a tossed green salad.
You can easily freeze any leftover cooked meatballs and the sauce too.
I’d love to hear what you think of my recipe in the comments below and please do rate my recipe 5* if you like it! 🙂
Baked Turkey Meatballs In Tomato And Chilli Sauce Recipe
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For the Meatballs: -
- 500 g lean turkey mince
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- 3 cloves garlic crushed
- 1 small egg beaten
- 1 teaspoon mixed herbs
- 50 g wholemeal breadcrumbs
- 1 small onion finely chopped
- Freshly ground salt and pepper
For the tomato and chilli sauce: -
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 clove garlic crushed
- 400 g tin chopped tomatoes
- ¼ teaspoon chilli flakes
- Freshly ground salt and pepper
- Freshly chopped basil to garnish
- Preheat oven to 200C Fan
- Lightly grease a baking tray
- In a large bowl mix together the turkey mince, olive oil, garlic, egg, herbs, breadcrumbs and onion. Season with salt and pepper.
- Form the mixture into 12 - 16 balls using your hands and place onto the baking tray.
- Place in baking tray into the oven and bake near the top for approximately 30 minutes until browned.
- Whilst the meatballs are cooking make the tomato and chilli sauce.
- Gently heat the olive oil in a large frying pan, add the crushed garlic and stir for a few seconds in the hot oil.
- Add the chopped tomatoes and chilli flakes, stir well with the oil and garlic and allow to simmer gently until the tomatoes have broken down. Season with freshly ground salt and pepper.
- Once the meatballs are ready, place them in the pan with the sauce, scatter in some basil and serve.