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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frozenpixie's picture
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These were delicious and easy to make. The meatballs were very tasty and went well with the sauce. I skipped out the puree and added some herbs to the meatballs and sauce - excellent mid-week dinner.

yummymummy31's picture
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PS I made this with beef meatballs (20 for our family of five).

yummymummy31's picture
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My hubby and I enjoyed this meal even the kids! (2,6 & 8) I added a little basil & oregano and left out the carrots and garlic. I also added some pieces of cheese for a few seconds until melted to make it a bit goo-ey :0) Will be keeping this recipe!

abbycallan's picture
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i made this but with lean beef mince instead of turkey and no fennel. i blended the sauce rather then using a hand wisk and i think it turned out well! was very nice :)

yasinozyurt's picture

My city in Turkey-Izmir. Turkey meetballs for; onion(bulb), thyme, chili powder, black pepper and stale bread crumbs.

jnduggan1's picture
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Fab fab fab! I added extra seasoning as I often do and these were great. Really tasty and good for you! Much better than using a jar sauce. Also makes a great base for lasagne with turkey mince.

dagmarl's picture
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I have made the recipe a few times already and I think the combination of tomato and fennel is delicious. However, I think the meatballs need more seasoning so I add some chopped parsley, lots of pepper, salt, paprika and a finely chopped onion. I also add an egg, so that the meetballs do not fall apart so easily. If you like lots of sauce, it's worth doubling the ingredients for this part of the recipe.

joanne.webb's picture
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Did not like this much, I think if you are going to have meatballs then you should just go the full hog and have beef & pork, but just have them as a treat. I agree with peacock comments they are pretty good for you but you compromise on taste. Probably won't do again.

faypeacock's picture
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These were OK but certainly not as good as other meatball recipies I've tried - remember they are pretty good for you which quite often means less tasty!

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