Turkey meatballs in olive & courgette sauce

Turkey meatballs in olive & courgette sauce

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Prep: 15 mins Cook: 30 mins


Serves 4
Turkey mince meatballs and pan-fried vegetables make a tasty topping for pasta - a great way to get 2 of your 5 a day at dinner

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal564
  • fat12g
  • saturates7g
  • carbs70g
  • sugars7g
  • fibre3g
  • protein42g
  • salt0.8g


  • 500g turkey mince
  • 4 tbsp fresh white breadcrumbs
  • ½ onion, grated



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

  • 2 tsp fennel seeds, ground with a pestle and mortar
    Fennel seeds

    Fennel seeds

    feh-nell seeds

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

  • 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…

  • 3 courgettes, cut into half-moons



    The courgette is a variety of cucurbit, which means it's from the same family as cucumber,…

  • 2 garlic cloves, finely sliced
  • 400g carton chopped tomatoes with olives
  • 400g linguine
  • grated parmesan, to serve



    Parmesan is a straw-coloured hard cheese with a natural yellow rind and rich, fruity flavour. It…


  1. Mix the first 4 ingredients together in a bowl and season generously. Roll into 12 meatballs.

  2. Heat half the oil in a large frying pan. Pop in the meatballs and brown all over. Remove from the pan and set aside. Add the rest of the oil and tip in the courgettes and garlic. Cook for 3 mins to soften. Pour in the chopped tomatoes, plus half a carton of water and the meatballs. Simmer for a further 15-20 mins, or until the meatballs are cooked through and the sauce has really thickened.

  3. Meanwhile, cook the pasta following pack instructions. Drain and mix with a few tbsp of the tomato sauce to coat. Top with the meatballs and remaining sauce. Sprinkle with Parmesan and serve.

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26th Jul, 2019
This is one of my favourite pasta recipes. Use up home-grown tomatoes and courgettes! The fennel seeds add a special taste to the meatballs. I prefer green olives to black (no tomatoes with olives available in France) and also add a chicken or veg stock cube to the sauce.
17th Aug, 2015
Needs plenty of seasoning but was then very tasty. Used a can of chopped tomatoes and added a couple handfuls of stoned black olives. Also used Swedish meatballs which we prefer to turkey ones. (Always on the lookout for recipes with courgettes at this time of year!)
29th May, 2015
The kids will love this and helping to make it. I think I will use a can of chopped tomatoes and add separate black olives as the kids love them
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