Spaghetti and (Mostly) Homemade Turkey Meatballs
Serves 4| Hands-On Time: | Total Time:
- ½ small onion
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 2 cloves garlic
- ½ cup fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves
- 1 teaspoon fennel seeds
- 1 pound ground turkey (preferably dark meat)
- ½ cup panko bread crumbs (these are Japanese-style; they’re coarser and crispier than regular bread crumbs)
- 1 large egg
- kosher salt and black pepper
- a few store-bought turkey meatballs (decoys!)
- 12 ounces spaghetti (¾ box)
- 1 16-ounce jar marinara sauce (2 cups)
- grated Parmesan, for serving
- Heat oven to 400° F. Finely chop the onion. Heat the oil in a medium skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender, 6 to 8 minutes.
- While the onion cooks, chop the garlic and parsley. Add the garlic, parsley, and fennel seeds to the skillet and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Remove from heat, transfer to a large bowl, and let cool for 5 minutes.
- Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil or parchment paper.
- Add the turkey, bread crumbs, egg, ½ teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon pepper to the cooled onion mixture and gently mix to combine.
- Wet your hands (this will keep the meat from sticking to them) and form the turkey mixture into balls about the size of a heaping tablespoon (make sure they are roughly the same size as the store-bought ones). You should get about 20 meatballs.
- Place the meatballs on the baking sheet along with a few store-bought ones, spacing them 1 inch apart. Roast until they are cooked through, 18 to 22 minutes. You may have to keep an eye on the store-bought ones to make sure that they don’t overcook.
- While the meatballs are cooking, bring a large pot of water to a boil for the spaghetti and warm the marinara sauce in a small saucepan over medium-low heat.
- Cook the spaghetti.
- Drain the spaghetti and place it in a large bowl or platter. Place the meatballs on a large platter or in a shallow bowl. Place the tomato sauce in a small serving bowl and do the same with the Parmesan.
- Set all the separate platters and bowls on the dinner table. Sit down and have everyone, including the kids, serve themselves.
- Per Serving
- Calories 840
- Fat 31g
- Sat Fat 7g
- Cholesterol 199mg
- Sodium 1,345mg
- Protein 52g
- Carbohydrate 86g
- Sugar 7g
- Fiber 7g
- Iron 6mg
- Calcium 97mg
What does this mean? See Nutrition 101 .
Save a cupful of pasta's cooking water. Add a bit if pasta seems dry after it's been tossed with sauce.