Tasty turkey meatballs

Tasty turkey meatballs

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Cooking time

Prep: 25 mins Cook: 40 mins

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Serves 4

Swap beef mince and breadcrumbs with lean turkey and oats. Serve in a tomato sauce with pasta or potatoes. See the tip to make a vegetarian version - Penne with fennel & Parmesan.

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For the sauce

  • 1 tbsp rapeseed oil
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 carrots, finely diced
  • 2 celery sticks, finely diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • 1 fennel bulb, halved and thinly sliced, fronds reserved
  • 500g carton tomato passata
  • 500ml reduced-salt chicken stock
  • 2 tbsp chopped parsley
  • broccoli and potatoes or pasta and salad, to serve

For the meatballs

  • 400g pack lean turkey breast mince
  • 4 tbsp porridge oats
  • 1 tsp fennel seed, crushed
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • spray of oil

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  1. Heat the oil in a large non-stick frying pan with a lid, then tip in the onion, carrots, celery, garlic and fennel, and stir well. Cover the pan and cook over a medium heat for 8 mins, stirring every now and then. Pour in the passata and stock, cover and leave to simmer for 20 mins.
  2. Meanwhile, tip the mince into a large bowl. Add the oats, fennel seeds and leaves, the garlic and plenty of black pepper, and mix in with your hands. Lightly shape into 25 meatballs about the size of a walnut. Spray or rub a non-stick pan with a little oil and gently cook the meatballs until they take on a little colour. Give the sauce a stir, then add the meatballs and parsley. Cover and cook for 10 mins until they are cooked through and the veg in the sauce is tender. Serve with broccoli and baby potatoes in their skins, or pasta and salad.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, February 2014

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reevey's picture
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I really enjoyed this meal. I cooked it as is with plenty of seasoning. Knowing that turkey can turn out bland despite what you throw at it, these meatballs were good, though I'd be tempted to add some onion to them next time to add to the flavour and counter the fennel slightly.

suebellass's picture
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I'll definitely make this again, but with a little less fennel in the meatball mixture. Tasty, healthy and economical meal!

leonamc33's picture

These are delicious and really easy to make. I added a some chilli and paprika too. Super healthy as well, we had them with whole wheat pasta.