Turkey Feta Meatballs Recipe

Recipes.net Team
Recipes.net Team Published June 28, 2020

It is always nice to find a new twist on a kid favorite.  These meatballs ae made with turkey, more healthful and lower in fat than meatballs made from pork or beef or lamb, and have a salty pop from the addition of crumbed feta cheese.  Feta cheese varies a lot in its level of saltiness, and can come from countries such as Greece, Bulgaria, and France.  Make sure to taste the feta, and then you’ll know how much salt to add to the turkey mixture (and keep in mind that many tomato sauces are salty, too, so you’ll want to make sure you have the right balance).

How To Make Turkey Feta Meatballs

Try this mouth-watering Turkey Feta Meatballs to serve with your pasta! This recipe includes your bread of choice combined with creamy feta cheese and delicious ground turkey, the perfect alternative to pork and beef.

Preparation Time: 20 mins
Cooking Time: 25 mins
Total Time: 45 mins
Serves:

Ingredients

  • 1 slice plain bread
  • ¼ cup milk
  • 1 ¼ lb ground turkey
  • 1 large egg , plus 1 egg yolk, lightly beaten
  • ¼ cup feta cheese, crumbled, plus more for serving, if desired
  • 2 tbsp scallions, finely minced, white and green parts
  • 1 garlic clove , finely minced
  • ½ tsp kosher salt, or coarse salt, plus more for cooking the pasta
  • ground pepper , to taste
  • 4 cup tomato sauce, jarred or homemade
  • 1 lb spaghetti, dried

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. F. 

  2. Spray a baking sheet with sides with nonstick cooking spray, or lightly oil it.

  3. Tear the bread into pieces and place them in a small bowl.

  4. Pour the milk in the bowl and stir to combine. Let sit for 5 minutes until the bread has absorbed most of the milk. 

  5. Squeeze out the excess milk and shred the bread into little pieces.

  6. Place the meat in a large bowl. 

  7. Add the soaked bread, eggs, feta, scallions, garlic, salt, and pepper to the meat. Use hands to blend it well, but try not to squeeze the mixture too much.

  8. Make nice round meatballs 1 ½-inches in size.

  9. Place the meatballs on the prepared baking sheet, about 1 inch apart.

  10. Bake for 15 minutes until almost cooked through, feeling firm but have some give when you press them.

  11. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. 

  12. Add about a tablespoon of salt, return to a boil and add the spaghetti noodles.

  13. Cook according to package directions until al dente, then drain.

  14. While the pasta and the meatballs are cooking, bring the tomato sauce to a simmer in a medium-sized pot over medium-low heat. 

  15. Add the partially cooked meatballs to the sauce and simmer for 10 minutes until they are fully cooked.

  16. Serve the pasta with the sauce and meatballs. Sprinkle on some feta cheese and indulge in this Turkey Feta Meatballs!

Nutrition

  • Calcium: 93mg
  • Calories: 474kcal
  • Carbohydrates: 69g
  • Cholesterol: 90mg
  • Fat: 6g
  • Fiber: 5g
  • Iron: 4mg
  • Potassium: 1021mg
  • Protein: 37g
  • Saturated Fat: 2g
  • Sodium: 1213mg
  • Sugar: 10g
  • Vitamin A: 839IU
  • Vitamin C: 12mg
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