Classic Italian Turkey Meatballs (Giada De Laurentiis) Recipe

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  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. For the meatballs: In a large bowl, combine the breadcrumbs, Parmesan, basil, parsley, milk, ketchup if using, tomato paste, salt, pepper, eggs, garlic and onions. Using a wooden spoon, stir to blend. Add the ground turkey and sausage meat. Using fingers, gently mix all the ingredients until thoroughly combined.
  3. Using a 1-ounce cookie scoop or a small ice cream scoop, form the meat mixture into 1 1/2-inch balls (22 to 24 meatballs). Place the meatballs on a heavy nonstick baking sheet, spacing apart. Drizzle with olive oil and bake until cooked through, 15 minutes.
  4. For the tomato sauce: Heat the olive oil in a large deep skillet with 2-inch-high sides over medium-high heat. Add the garlic, onions, salt and pepper. Cook for 5 to 6 minutes. Add 1/2 cup of the basil, the fennel, oregano and crushed tomatoes. Bring to a simmer. Cook over medium heat until the sauce thickens slightly, stirring occasionally, 15 to 20 minutes. Stir in the remaining 1/4 cup basil. Adjust the seasoning with more salt and pepper if desired.
  5. Add the meatballs to the tomato sauce and simmer until the meatballs are heated through, about 10 minutes. Thin the sauce with chicken stock, 1/4 cup at a time, if needed.
  6. Serve with grated Parmesan alongside.
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Nutrition Facts

Per ServingPer 100 g
Amount Per 1 Serving
Calories 727.97 Kcal (3048 kJ)
Calories from fat 404.22 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 44.91g 69%
Cholesterol 264.56mg 88%
Sodium 2069.81mg 86%
Potassium 765.6mg 16%
Total Carbs 28.85g 10%
Sugars 8.46g 34%
Dietary Fiber 4.2g 17%
Protein 53.55g 107%
Vitamin C 47mg 78%
Iron 14.8mg 82%
Calcium 371mg 37%
Amount Per 100 g
Calories 155.33 Kcal (650 kJ)
Calories from fat 86.25 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 9.58g 69%
Cholesterol 56.45mg 88%
Sodium 441.65mg 86%
Potassium 163.36mg 16%
Total Carbs 6.16g 10%
Sugars 1.81g 34%
Dietary Fiber 0.9g 17%
Protein 11.43g 107%
Vitamin C 10mg 78%
Iron 3.2mg 82%
Calcium 79.2mg 37%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
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  • salty
  • savory
  • bitter
  • sweet
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Recipe Tags

Weightwatchers Points

  • 17.5
  • 19

Good Points

  • saturated fat free

Bad Points

  • High in Sodium

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