Turkey meatballs in tomato & fennel sauce

Turkey meatballs in tomato & fennel sauce

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Cooking time

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 25 mins

Skill level

Easy

Servings

Serves 4

This quick, tasty and economical supper is a healthy way of getting the family fed

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition info

Nutrition per serving

kcalories
216
protein
26g
carbs
12g
fat
8g
saturates
1g
fibre
2g
sugar
6g
salt
0.46g

Ingredients

  • 400g turkey mince
  • 25g fresh white breadcrumbs
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 carrot, diced
  • 1 tsp fennel seeds
  • 400g can chopped tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp tomato purée
  • 400g spaghetti, cooked, to serve

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Method

  1. Put the mince in a mixing bowl with the breadcrumbs and half the garlic. Season and mix well to combine. Using your hands, shape the mixture into 12 balls, then chill for 10 mins.
  2. Meanwhile, heat 1 tbsp oil in a pan. Add the onion, carrot and remaining garlic. Cook for 5-6 mins until softened. Add the fennel seeds and cook for a few secs. Tip in the tomatoes with half a can of water, then stir in the tomato purée. Season and simmer for 15 mins until thickened. Using an electric hand blender, whizz until roughly smooth.
  3. Meanwhile, heat the remaining oil in a non-stick frying pan and fry the meatballs for 8-10 mins until cooked through. Transfer to the sauce and simmer until piping hot. Serve with spaghetti.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, March 2010

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mikeydread's picture

Add grana padano to the meatballs with double garlic. Thigh mince is twice as nice. Add fresh thyme and dried oregano with a tsp of sugar to the sauce. Don't over - engineer the meatballs or they'll go a bit tough. Thank me later!

saraheoliver's picture

Really tasty meal. However, after the first time I've given up on the actual meatballs (such a faff!) and simply use the ingredients (minus the breadcrumbs) to make it as an alternative bolognese.

michelle_30's picture

this was the 2nd time i made this, the 1st time, i didnt think much of it. But just made this again tonight & is was quite nice. The only thing is the meatballs dont hold together very well when frying so i just fryed them quickly and put them in the sauce to finish cooking through for another 20 minutes and they tasted just as nice. So next time will add more breadcrumbs and an egg to hold them better together and perhaps cook them in the oven. Easy dish which is cheap, worth trying

Northernclarej's picture

Thoroughly enjoyed this, but would add chilli to the sauce next time. I used Chia Seeds instead of breadcrumbs, so they looked a bit odd, but still nice. I did add more garlic than suggested.

viccichick's picture
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A great midweek meal, cheap and easy to make and really tasty....it's only flaw was I could have done with more sauce! Would add some passata to the recipe next time I make it. And I did put a sprinkle of chilli powder in it for a bit of a kick!

morgsh's picture

Nice, although did not use fennel seeds. Great sauce for chicken too

nicolareid82's picture
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meatballs and sauce quite bland, needs more seasoning and a bit of a kick. Will make these again as the kids loved helping and they tasted alright

heatherwillson's picture
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This is a lovely quick and easy meal to make. The sauce is really tasty and I made it ahead of time to give the flavours time to come out. I'd definitely do this again.

claire3110's picture

Going to try this tonight. Very mixed comments on here so a bit unsure as to how it will go down! Will let you know....

eleanormayo's picture
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I thought these were great, I added half a large red chilli to the sauce and a good slosh of some white wine that needed using up. Was thoroughly enjoyed by all!

kja1985's picture
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Really tasty. After reading the comments to decided to season well and added chilli flakes to the turkey ball. Nom nom nom.

laughinggirl66's picture
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Really enjoy these - surprisingly as not a great fan of turkey. chucked it all into the slow cooker on low for 7hrs and had with some linguini, salad and sometimes garlic bread - become a midweek regular in our house, and a great lower fat option for meatballs

mhomoky67's picture
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sorry,
personally i thought this was weird tasting and rather vile!

dance_abs's picture
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Quite nice, but did not need that much pasta!

justineburton's picture

Not for me I'm afraid, bit sickly.

mrsjosephinesmith86's picture
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I added garlic powder and onion granules to the meatballs and increased to 600g mince turkey. I also added a tsp of sugar to the sauce to balance the tomato sauce. Love the fennel seeds! Served ours with parmesan shavings.

menapian's picture
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Turkey? Meatballs? Really? I don't know how .. but it works.

djluckyheather's picture
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Quick easy and a nice change from beef mince the kids loved it

lloydwillcox's picture
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Followed the recipe exactly. Superb flavour and the breadcrumbs in the meatballs works a treat. Very health and would cook this again without any concerns.

abeddy84's picture
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I made this for dinner and we really enjoyed. I did add extra seasoning to the meatballs (salt, pepper, garlic powder and mixed herbs) and let it all cook together for a good half hour to give the flavours time to develop.

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