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Fast and Friendly Meatballs

Rated as 4.44 out of 5 Stars

"These oven-baked meatballs are fast and easy to prepare and very kid-friendly. You can serve them with pasta and spaghetti sauce or just eat them with ketchup, as my children do. Feel free to substitute lean ground beef for the ground turkey. The turkey should have at least 7% fat."
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30 m servings 218 cals
Original recipe yields 6 servings (18 meatballs)


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  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9x13 inch baking dish with the olive oil, and place it in the oven while preheating.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix together the ground turkey, egg, and bread crumbs using your hands. Using an ice cream scoop if possible, form the meat into golf ball sized meatballs. Place about 1 inch apart in the hot baking dish. Press down to flatten the bottom just slightly.
  3. Bake for 15 minutes in the preheated oven, then turn them over, and continue baking for about 5 more minutes, or until somewhat crispy on the outside. Serve with pasta and sauce or however you'd like.


  • Tip
  • Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly, and make clean-up easier.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 218 calories; 13.5 g fat; 4.6 g carbohydrates; 18.5 g protein; 106 mg cholesterol; 218 mg sodium. Full nutrition

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My daughter sent me this recipe. She loved it so much. I added 1/2 tsp. sage, 2 Tbsp. of grated parmesan, onion power, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Also, I added about 1/8 cup of water. I...

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Ok, but because of food allergies I had to use Egg Replacer and plain crumbs. Suspect the original recipe is alot better than my attempt. Loved the way you cooked them in the oven, that will b...

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My daughter sent me this recipe. She loved it so much. I added 1/2 tsp. sage, 2 Tbsp. of grated parmesan, onion power, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Also, I added about 1/8 cup of water. I...

Maybe I should have been more specific about the fat content of the turkey (see the previous review) but 99% fat free turkey does not work (I also tried to use it). The meat should have at least...

Absolutely delicious! I did make a couple of additions/changes - I used meatloaf mix (beef/pork/veal), and added 2 TBSP of parmesan cheese and 2 tsp crushed garlic for extra flavor. Baked them a...

These are very good. I tripled the recipe, put the cooked meatballs in a zip lock, put them in the freezer and use them as needed. This is a simple recipe that gets even better when the meatba...

Very nice! I didn't have Italian bread crumbs so I added dried Italian seasoning to the plain bread crumbs. I also added minced garlic and some Parmesan/Romano cheese. They were delicious. I sim...

A great way to prepare a meatball! I made these with ground beef. Very nice. . I rate it a 5 because it is a great basic meatball and is fine as is. However it’s simplicity leaves plenty of...

These were a very good base recipe. I only had 99% fat free turkey, but I added cheese and a touch of olive oil and they were very moist. I also added garlic, salt, pepper, oregeno, basil & minc...

Very, very good. I made them for a Weight-Watchers Mediterranean-style pita sandwich. I added cumin, garlic powder, onion salt, salt, pepper, ground sage and a splash of water. Also, I used two ...

Good foundation recipe for meatballs. The recipe itself is bland, but you can season to your taste. For myself, I used garlic, some finely chopped onion, italian seasoning. Be creative :)