Turkey meatballs in tomato & fennel sauce

Turkey meatballs in tomato & fennel sauce

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(48 ratings)

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 25 mins


Serves 4
This quick, tasty and economical supper is a healthy way of getting the family fed

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal216
  • fat8g
  • saturates1g
  • carbs12g
  • sugars6g
  • fibre2g
  • protein26g
  • salt0.46g
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  • 400g turkey mince
  • 25g fresh white breadcrumbs
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 1 onion, chopped



    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • 1 carrot, diced



    The carrot, with its distinctive bright orange colour, is one of the most versatile root…

  • 1 tsp fennel seeds
    Fennel seeds

    Fennel seeds

    feh-nell seeds

    A dried seed that comes from the fennel herb, fennel seeds look like cumin seeds, only greener,…

  • 400g can chopped tomatoes



    A member of the nightshade family (along with aubergines, peppers and chillies), tomatoes are in…

  • 1 tbsp tomato purée
  • 400g spaghetti, cooked, to serve


  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.

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6th Apr, 2013
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
18th Mar, 2013
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.
16th Feb, 2013
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....
24th Jan, 2013
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!
6th Dec, 2012
Really tasty. After reading the comments to decided to season well and added chilli flakes to the turkey ball. Nom nom nom.
20th Nov, 2012
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
25th Oct, 2012
sorry, personally i thought this was weird tasting and rather vile!
19th Sep, 2012
Quite nice, but did not need that much pasta!
20th Aug, 2012
Not for me I'm afraid, bit sickly.
7th Aug, 2012
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.


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