Spaghetti & Turkey Meatballs
Italian,  Main Course,  Poultry

Spaghetti & Turkey Meatballs

Spaghetti & Turkey Meatballs

Sometimes I crave Spaghetti & Meatballs.  I’m not really a big ‘craver’…if that is a word, except Chocolate cravings….those happen most days at either 3 pm or and 9 pm.

It’s Day #2 of Eat Out of the Fridge/Pantry Week.  As I walked out the door it occurred to me – should I thaw Chicken or Ground Turkey?  Turkey it was and meatballs it became.

Spaghetti & Turkey Meatballs

We love ground turkey and often choose it over ground beef.  First and foremost because ground turkey begs for you to add flavor and seasoning and that suits our cooking quite well.  A Pasta SauceBasic Tomato Sauce or Marinara Sauce is so versatile that we keep containers frozen for just such an occasion.

Spaghetti & Turkey Meatballs

Nothing really special about this Spaghetti & Meatballs recipe.  You may be wondering why I would even bother posting it.  Lemony Thyme, above all else, is a place for me to record recipes and share them.  The truth is it has become a recipe box for me and I use it as a resource, as I hope some of you will.  Oh and there is this crazy idea that popped into my head about making a Spaghetti & Meatball Grilled Cheese Sandwich…in honor of National Grilled Cheese Month of course ;)

Spaghetti & Turkey Meatballs
Spaghetti & Turkey Meatballs

Spaghetti & Turkey Meatballs

Libby with Lemony Thyme
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Cuisine Italian
Servings 4


  • 2 cups Tomato Sauce see recipe links in post
  • 1/2 lb. cooked spaghetti

For meatballs…

  • 1 1-1/4 lb. Jennie-O Ground Turkey
  • 1 egg
  • 1 slice bread ground fine
  • 2 Tbl. Parmesan cheese grated
  • 1/4 cup onion fine diced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 Tbl. fresh parsley finely chopped
  • 1 Tbl. olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp. dried basil
  • 1/2 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. black pepper
  • pinch red pepper flakes


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line shallow baking sheet with non-stick foil.
  • Combine all meatball ingredients, until just blended (do not overwork). Form into 2″ balls and place on foil lined baking sheet, we made 15.
  • Bake for 18 – 20 minutes, until cooked through.
  • Serve meatballs over cooked spaghetti with tomato sauce.
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You might also like our Great Big Italian Meatballs recipe.


  • Donna

    Made these the other day and everyone LOVED them! Said they were the best meatballs I ever made. Will be making these from now on….thank you for sharing this recipe.

    • libby

      That makes me smile Donna. My daughter Shelby recently needed a good trusty meatball recipe and I directed her here. She and her company loved them too. It makes me feel good about sharing even some of our go-to standards. Might have to did out a few more. Thanks again for the support and encouragement you offer. xo Libby

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