New York's most famous Italian meatball--smothered with red sauce and sitting on a bed of pasta--tastes great made with ground turkey. Make this recipe tonight to see for yourself.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
25 mins
additional:
10 mins
total:
50 mins
Servings:
8
Yield:
8 servings
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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Heat oven to 400 degrees F.

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  • Combine turkey, garlic, basil, oregano, lemon rind, egg and bread crumbs in a large bowl. Shape into 1 1/2-inch balls. Place on a lightly greased baking sheet.

  • Bake 25 minutes. Always cook turkey to well-done, 165 degrees F as measured by a meat thermometer. Let meatballs stand 10 minutes.

  • Toss meatballs and heated pasta sauce in a large bowl. Serve over pasta. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese, if desired.

Nutrition Facts

375 calories; protein 19g; carbohydrates 52.9g; fat 8.6g; cholesterol 65.7mg; sodium 684.8mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (13)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
03/06/2017
Good turkey meatballs. Definitely had to add more breadcrumbs with the egg to dry out the meatballs. I also must have made them smaller because they were a little over done at 25 min so I'd suggest checking them after 15-20 mins depending on how large your meatballs are rolled. I also didn't have seasoned meat so I added tastefully simple Italian garlic bread seasoning and the taste of the meatballs came out just amazing. The first time I also had a fresh lemon and second time used the lemon peel from a bottle and the fresh seemed to make it better but not by much. As always fresh ingredients always end up better but if you don't have it you're not missing out on too much. I will be making these again and perfecting some of the changes. Enjoy! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
01/07/2020
My guest didn't like it. Seemed too plain. Read More
22 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 11
  • 4 star values: 9
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
06/24/2017
I made these meatballs and they were absolutely delicious. This is actually my 2nd time making them. The first time, I followed the recipe to a T, but the meatballs had to cook longer because they were extremely mushy. This time, I skipped the lemon rind, bread crumbs, and egg. They came out crispy on the outside and nicely firm on the inside. I would definitely make it again, eliminating the same 3 ingredients. Read More
(4)
Rating: 4 stars
03/06/2017
Good turkey meatballs. Definitely had to add more breadcrumbs with the egg to dry out the meatballs. I also must have made them smaller because they were a little over done at 25 min so I'd suggest checking them after 15-20 mins depending on how large your meatballs are rolled. I also didn't have seasoned meat so I added tastefully simple Italian garlic bread seasoning and the taste of the meatballs came out just amazing. The first time I also had a fresh lemon and second time used the lemon peel from a bottle and the fresh seemed to make it better but not by much. As always fresh ingredients always end up better but if you don't have it you're not missing out on too much. I will be making these again and perfecting some of the changes. Enjoy! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/20/2019
This was delicious. I used unseasoned turkey and added my own Italian spices. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
01/07/2020
My guest didn't like it. Seemed too plain. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
07/30/2020
I felt the lemon zest was too overwhelming and will use a fraction of it next time. I'll try 1/2 tsp next time. I say next time because I liked the texture of the meatballs and think I will like the flavor with much less lemon zest. Read More
Rating: 3 stars
05/27/2017
Too bland. Will add more Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/17/2020
very tasty. husband loved it. Lots of garlic Read More
Rating: 5 stars
07/11/2020
Perfect and so easy. Bright and fresh. Good with zucchini noodles. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
04/30/2020
I will definitely make this recipe again! I used plain ground turkey. I did not use the lemon rind. I used dried basil and oregano and kept all the other ingredients! My husband is a picky eater and thought it was great. Read More
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