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Easy Italian Turkey Meatballs

Easy Italian Turkey Meatballs are an easy and delicious family meal. Serve it over your favorite pasta, spaghetti squash, or in your favorite sub rolls. 

So it looks like we are slowly crawling out of quarantine lifestyle. The kid’s activities are starting back up, which I am so happy for however that also means less time to get dinner out, and maybe chick-fil-a in a pinch! I love 30-minute meals that taste amazing and the kid’s love! These easy Italian turkey meatballs are the perfect easy dinner that pleases everyone!

If you are new around here I pretty much am a Trader Joes addict, my mom was when I was young and now I am, going on a 32 yr loyal customer, there should be a special discount for this haha! Should I be proud or embarrassed, haha! I made these Easy Italian Turkey Meatballs with all ingredients you can find at traders, but also all markets will carry the same ingredients. I love their sweet Italian chicken sausage in this recipe. 

This recipe can be made in the oven or the air fryer. 

How To Make Easy Italian Turkey Meatballs

  • Preheat the oven 350 degrees F and spray a baking sheet with nonstick spray. 
  • For the meatballs: In a large bowl combine the ground turkey, sausage meat, panko crumbs, eggs, parsley, garlic powder, and salt. Using your hands or spoon gently mix all the ingredients until well combined.
  •   Baked Meatballs: Using a small ice cream scoop or a cookie scoop, form meat mixture into 1 1/2 – 2-inch balls, makes about 23-26 meatballs. Place meatballs on your prepared baking sheet, spacing apart. Lightly drizzle with olive oil or avocado oil. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until cooked through. 
  • Air Fryer Meatballs: Spray the frying basket with nonstick spray. Depending on the size of your basket you may need to do this in batches. Place meatballs in the basket, be sure not to overcrowd the basket. Air fry at 390 degrees for 9 minutes, or until done (depending on the size of meatball).
  • In a large skillet with 2-inch sides add in marinara sauce and heat on medium-high heat.
  • Add the meatballs to the sauce and simmer for about 10 minutes. Add fresh basil, Mozerella, or parmesan if desired. I used 4 slices of fresh mozzarella and tore it into pieces and dropped it over the meatballs, you could also use shredded mozzarella.  

Serve these meatballs with spaghetti noodles or in a sub sandwich! They are also fantastic on there own! Enjoy!!

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Yield: 4-6 servings

Easy Italian Turkey Meatballs

Easy Italian Turkey Meatballs

Easy Italian Turkey Meatballs are an easy and delicious family meal. Serve it over your favorite pasta, spaghetti squash, or in your favorite sub rolls. 

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 1 lb sweet Italian chicken sausage, casings removed, I used Trader Joes brand
  • 1/2 cup panko crumbs
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup parsley
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • Mozzarella for serving
  • basil leaves for serving
  • 32 ounces marinara sauce 

Instructions

    1. Preheat the oven 350 degrees F and spray a baking sheet with nonstick spray. 
    2. For the meatballs: In a large bowl combine the ground turkey, sausage meat, panko crumbs, eggs, parsley, garlic powder, and salt. Using your hands or spoon gently mix all the ingredients until well combined.
    3. Baked: Using a small ice cream scoop or a cookie scoop, form meat mixture into 1 1/2 - 2-inch balls, makes about 23-26 meatballs. Place meatballs on your prepared baking sheet, spacing apart. Lightly drizzle with olive oil or avocado oil. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until cooked through. 
    4. Air Fryer: Spray the frying basket with nonstick spray. Depending on the size of your basket you may need to do this in batches. Place meatballs in the basket, be sure not to overcrowd the basket. Air fry at 390 degrees for 9 minutes, or until done (depending on the size of meatball).
    5. In a large skillet with 2-inch sides add in marinara sauce and heat on medium-high heat. Add the meatballs to the sauce and simmer for about 10 minutes.
    6. Add fresh basil, Mozerella, or parmesan if desired. I used 4 slices of fresh mozzarella and tore it into pieces and dropped it over the meatballs, you could also use shredded mozzarella.  
    7. Serve hot, enjoy!

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