This dish is a regular here in the Camblin house. My husband use to say he didn’t like pasta. That was until he married me and I showed him what spaghetti sauce should taste like. I don’t buy jar pasta sauce anymore and you shouldn’t either! It’s so easy to make and it taste better than any sauce from a  jar.

By mincing in the onion you don’t have little chunks of onion and it really makes the meatballs moist and tender. So if you have someone in you house that hates onions and will not eat anything with onions in it, you can hide the onion in this way! It’s not lying, it’s just proving to them that they like things with onion in them, they just think they don’t. :)  I can say that because I use to be that person. I use to snarl my nose up, wouldn’t eat anything if it had onions in the dish. Like my dad use to say to me, it was all in my head. It wasn’t until I started cooking and noticed that almost everything has onion in it and it does taste better with onion….cooked not raw. I can’t do raw onions. Ugh {shiver}

I double the recipe and freeze the meatballs and take out what we need for dinner. This way, all I have to do is make the sauce. Let the sauce simmer as the meatballs cook and dinner is ready in under 30 minutes! Just freeze the meatballs on a cookie sheet until frozen fully and then transfer to a freezer bag.

Please come back and let me know if you tried it and liked it.

Great weekend!!

Spaghetti and Turkey Meatballs

Serves: 4 – 6


Meatballs: (approx. 20)

1 lb. ground turkey

2 cloves garlic, minced

3 Tbsp onion, minced (about ¼ onion)

2 Tbsp Italian Seasoning

1 egg yolk

2 Tbsp milk

6 Tbsp bread crumbs

3/4 tsp salt

1/2 tsp pepper

1/2 tsp sugar

Spaghetti Sauce:

1 – 24 oz can crushed tomatoes (I use Hunts)

1 Tbsp olive oil

2 – 3 cloves garlic, minced

4 – 5 fresh basil leaves or 1 tsp dried basil

1 whole carrot

salt & pepper

1 lb. spaghetti

Parmesan cheese for topping


Meatballs: Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a large mixing bowl, mince in the garlic, onion and mix well. Add other ingredients and stir together until all ingredients are combined well. Using a tablespoon or a cookie scoop, shape into 2-inch balls. Place meatballs on cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake for 20 – 25 minutes.

Sauce: Heat olive oil in a medium sauce pan over medium heat. Brown minced garlic in olive oil. Add in tomato sauce, basil, salt & pepper to taste, stir well. Shave and trim ends of carrot and add carrot to sauce. (The carrot takes out the acidity of the tomatoes. You will remove the carrot at the end before serving.) Simmer over medium-low heat for 15 – 20 minutes. Meanwhile prepare spaghetti according to package directions. Remove carrot from sauce. Serve sauce over pasta with meatballs.

Sprinkle parmesan cheese over top and enjoy!




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