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Saucy Italian Turkey Meatballs
Saucy Italian Turkey Meatballs

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Everyone loves a second helping of meatballs. So we’ve gone out of our way to create a healthier version of this Italian classic—with lean ground turkey and an herb-infused tomato sauce.

This recipe is part of our Slow Cooker Classics recipe special.

Recipe Ingredients

For the meatballs:

20 oz 93% lean ground turkey
1/4 cup breadcrumbs
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
1/4 cup basil, minced
2 tbsp Smart Balance® Cooking Oil
1 large egg
1 large clove garlic, crushed
3/4 tsp kosher salt
fresh black pepper, to taste

For the sauce:

28 oz cans crushed tomatoes
2 cloves crushed garlic
1 small sprig of fresh oregano
salt and fresh pepper, to taste
1/4 cup fresh chopped basil

Recipe Steps

In a large bowl, combine ground turkey, breadcrumbs, parmesan cheese, basil, oil, egg, garlic, salt and pepper. Gently mix all the ingredients and form into small meatballs, about 2 tablespoons each.

Place the crushed tomatoes, garlic and sprig of fresh oregano in the slow cooker.

Gently drop the meatballs into the sauce, cover and set slow cooker to low, 6 hours. When meatballs are done, adjust salt and pepper to taste and add fresh chopped basil. Serve over pasta or with Italian bread on the side.

Nutrition Facts

Makes 6 servings. 4 meatballs and about 1/2 cup sauce per serving.

Nutrition Per Serving:
Calories 256
Fat 13g
Saturated Fat 3g
Trans Fatty Acid 0g
Poly Fat 2g
Mono Fat 4g
Cholesterol 88mg
Sodium 577mg
Carbohydrates 14g
Dietary Fiber 3g
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 24g