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Spicy turkey meatballs

  • Author: Pip Payne
  • Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x


A tasty and lean alternative to beef meatballs with a yummy sauce!

Syns: 0.5 per portion


  • For the meatballs:
  • 500 g turkey mince
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1 large carrot (peeled and finely grated)
  • 10 g parmesan
  • salt and pepper
  • For the sauce:
  • 2 tins chopped tomatoes
  • 5 cloves garlic
  • 1 whole red chilli with the top taken off (I leave the seeds in)
  • salt and pepper
  • Basil- to serve


  1. Preheat the oven to 180c. Make up the meatball mixture by combining the turkey mince, grated carrot, Italian seasoning and 10g parmesan and salt and pepper
  2. Stir through the egg and then roll into walnut sized meatballs, placing on a baking tray lined with baking paper. Spray with low calorie cooking spray or oil, and then bake for 15 minutes.
  3. To make the sauce, in a food processor combine the tomatoes, garlic and chilli and whizz up until nice and smooth. Season.
  4. Transfer to a large pan, bring up to a simmer and then bubble gently for 20 minutes.
  5. After 20 minutes add in the meatballs, stir gently and then simmer on low for another 20 minutes.
  6. Serve with spaghetti, sprinkled with parmesan and torn basil.


This is also lovely as a bake- so once the meatballs are done, stir in with cooked penne or rigatoni, cover with cheese and parmesan and bake for 30 minutes.

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 55 minutes