Turkey Meatballs and Spaghetti

Turkey Meatballs and Spaghetti


  • 1lb. ground turkey
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 2 tablespoon of ketchup
  • ¼ cup of Parmesan cheese        
  • 2 tablespoons of flat leaf parsley (minced)
  • ¼ cup of plain breadcrumbs
  • 1 tablespoon whole milk
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 large shallot, minced
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 jar of spaghetti sauce 


This is a great base recipe for meatballs. You can swamp out the ground turkey for ground beef or incorporate ground pork or pork sausage. Just use ¼ lb. of the pork or pork sausage when combining with ground beef.


In a small skillet, melt butter over medium heat. Add minced shallot and garlic clove. Stir and cook for 2-3 minutes until softened. Season with salt and pepper. Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly.

In a large bowl, combine beaten egg, ketchup, Parmesan cheese, parsley, milk and breadcrumbs. Stir to combine all ingredients well. Add in shallot and garlic mixture. Mix again with a fork.

Next, add ground turkey meat. Using your hands, gently mix well to combine all ingredients but do not overwork the mixture. Just mix until everything comes together. Refrigerate for 20-30 minutes to allow flavors to develop.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Remove the meatball mixture from the refrigerator.

Form meatballs so they are approximately 1½ inch to 2 inch diameter. Place on a baking sheet in rows without touching each other.

Bake meatballs for 16-18 minutes or until tender and golden brown on top.

While meatballs are baking, warm your favorite spaghetti sauce in a large pot over medium-low heat. Once meatballs are done baking, carefully add to the warmed sauce. Coat each meatball in the sauce. Serve on top of spaghetti or your favorite pasta and enjoy immediately.

Makes approximately 4-5 servings.


Kitchen Activities for Kids

Little Chef

  • Have your child help measure out ingredients that use a tablespoon and a teaspoon. Do the same with ¼ cups. Talk about the difference in size and see if they can identify which is bigger and smaller.
  • Ask your kitchen helper to mix the egg, ketchup, cheese, milk, breadcrumbs and parsley together. Allow them to crumble in the meat and use their hands to help mix the meatball mixture.
  • Have them help form meatballs and place on a lined baking sheet. Talk about the shape of the meatballs. See if they can identify other items in the kitchen with the same shape.
  • Have your little chef remove a few parsley leaves from the stem. Talk about where parsley comes from, smell and taste together.

Kid Chef

  • Let them practice cracking an egg and beating it in a small bowl. See if they know where eggs come from.
  • With adult supervision, let your kid chef carefully drop the cooked meatballs into the warmed sauce.
  • With adult supervision, let them practice basic knife skills by helping to chop the shallot, garlic and parsley. Adults can help finish up and get to the right consistency.


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