Easy Turkey Meatballs in Spicy Tomato Sauce

This easy and flavorful dish is a near-perfect amalgamation of comfort food and wholesome, nutritious ingredients. Enjoy the meatballs together with this rich and spicy tomato sauce, or alone as a high protein snack. Meatballs don't always have to be heavy and gluttonous! 

Spicy, comforting, and healthy turkey meatballs in tomato sauce.



  • 1 lb (450g) 90% lean ground turkey or chicken

  • ¼ cup shredded parmesan

  • 2 tsp dried basil

  • 1 tsp dried oregano

  • ¼ tsp garlic powder

  • 2 tbsp tomato paste

  • 1 egg

  • ½ cup breadcrumbs

  • Salt and pepper, to taste


Spicy Tomato Sauce:

  • ¼ large red onion

  • 2 cloves garlic

  • 2 tsp extra virgin olive oil

  • 2 cups canned crushed tomatoes

  • ½ cup red wine

  • ¼ cup tomato paste

  • 2 tsp dried basil

  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes

  • 1 tsp dried oregano



  1. Preheat the oven to 375℉ (190℃) and line a large baking tray with parchment paper.

  2. Pour all the meatball ingredients into a large mixing bowl. Combine the ingredients with your hands being careful not to overwork.

  3. Roll the meatball mixture into 18 x 1 inch meatballs, and place them on the parchment paper. Insert the tray into the oven, and bake the meatballs for 25 minutes or until cooked through.

  4. While the meatballs are cooking, crush the garlic and finely chop the onion.

  5. Pour the crushed tomato, red wine, tomato paste, dried basil, dried oregano and red pepper flakes into the blender and blend until smooth.

  6. Add the onion, garlic and olive oil to a medium saucepan. Place the saucepan on the stove and turn the stove onto medium heat. Cook the onion and garlic until the onions are soft, and the garlic golden brown.

  7. Pour the tomato sauce into the saucepan. Cook the tomato sauce over medium-low heat for 15-20 minutes.

  8. Arrange the cooked meatballs on serving platter, and pour the tomato sauce over the meatballs. Enjoy!

Makes 18-20 meatballs (serves 4).