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Whole Wheat Spaghetti with Turkey Meatballs

Posted by Peggy on March 16, 2011

Whole Wheat Spaghetti with Turkey Meatballs
Recipe: Whole Wheat Spaghetti with Turkey Meatballs


  • 2 pounds ground turkey, beef, pork, veal or any combination
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshy ground pepper
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 1-3 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 2 tablespoons roughly chopped fresh basil leaves, plus extra leaves for garnishing
  • 1/2-1 cup grated Parmesan cheese or asiago, plus extra for grating
  • 1 cup breadbrumbs
  • 1-1 1/2 (36-54 ounces) good quality jarred pasta sauce
  • 1 cup milk or half-and-half
  • 1 cup freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano, plus more for serving
  • 3/4 pound spaghetti


  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.
  2. Combine ground meat with salt and pepper in a large bowl. Add egg, 1 teaspoon garlic, 1/2 cup grated cheese, breadcrumbs and chopped basil, if using. Combine all the ingredients with your hands or with a spoon until just mixed together. Don't overwork, or the meatballs will be tough. Remove a teaspoon of the mixture and saute in the skillet or microwave 1 minute or until cooked through. Taste meat and add additional garlic, grated cheese, basil or kosher salt and freshly ground pepper to taste.
  3. Form meatballs, about the size of golfballs. You should have about 25.
  4. Over medium heat, heat 36 ounces tomato sauce in a large-lipped large saute pan. Whisk milk into sauce.
  5. Place meatballs into tomato sauce and let simmer, covered, 10 minutes. Add additional tomato sauce to the pan if you desire. Turn meatballs and let simmer an additional 10 minutes or until thoroughly cooked.
  6. While the meatballs are simmering, cook the spaghetti in the boiling water according to package instructions. Drain and place spaghetti onto a large serving platter or individual plates. Ladle meatballs and sauce over pasta and serve, passing extra Parmesan for grating.

Time: 45 minutes

Number of servings (yield): 4-6

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