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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menapian's picture
24th Jul, 2012
Turkey? Meatballs? Really? I don't know how .. but it works.
1st Jul, 2012
Quick easy and a nice change from beef mince the kids loved it
8th Jun, 2012
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.
6th Jun, 2012
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.
4th Jun, 2012
Just read the comments about the calorie count - I did wonder as it seemed to good to be true and was just about to add all the calories together to check for myself. It would help if recipes stated the calories for everything that was included in the ingredients
4th Jun, 2012
Really nice. I put more garlic in the turkey than the recipe said and also some spring onions (just found them in the fridge lying around). I put oregano, basil and mixed herbs in the meatballs as some of the comments had indicated the turkey could be a bit bland. My sauce ended up a bit thick (more like paste) so next time I will put two tins of tomatoes in.
27th May, 2012
Inexcusably terrible, will not be making this again
Auntie Ellen
16th May, 2012
Made this for the OH and myself and our two kids aged 5 & 3 - went down a storm! Added onion, dried thyme (as had no fresh) and some grated apple to the meatballs and it worked well. Will def be making this again - good way to get the kids eating more healthily. And it's easy - what's not to like!
25th Apr, 2012
made this last night, but used ready made Asda turkey meatballs, it turned out well, also added a pinch of suagr and a drop of red wine to the sauce, will definatley make it again.
14th Mar, 2012
The meatballs needed more herbs and seasoning next time i'll leave out the fennel,


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