Turkey Meatballs with Fresh Tomato Sauce

Turkey Meatballs with Fresh Tomato Sauce

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Serve up some delicious home-style Italian food at your next family meal. With Le Creuset cookware, this Italian turkey meatballs with fresh tomato sauce recipe will be cooked to perfection. Use a nonstick saute pan made by Le Creuset to ensure perfect results every time. The heavy-gauge construction will hold the heat better to evenly brown the meatballs and simmer the sauce. The nonstick finish

Turkey Meatballs with Fresh Tomato Sauce

By Le Creuset


  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • Handful basil, chopped
  • 1 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 onion, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan, grated
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

For the sauce:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 shallot, finely chopped
  • 1 can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 pinch red pepper flakes
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 6 basil leaves, roughly chopped, plus more for garnish
  • Freshly grated parmesan cheese


  • Le Creuset Toughened Nonstick sauté pan with lid
  • Knife and cutting board
  • Large mixing bowl
  • Silicone spatula
  • Plate or platter
  • Wooden spoon or bi-material sauté spoon
  • Tongs or slotted turner
  • Cheese grater
  • Tasting spoons
  • Serving plates and utensils


In a large bowl, combine turkey, basil, breadcrumbs, garlic, onion and Parmesan. Mix until thoroughly combined, then form the mixture into balls 3 inches in diameter. Heat olive oil in the sauté pan over medium-high heat. Sear the meatballs until brown on all sides. Once browned, remove to a plate and reserve. To make sauce, heat olive oil in sauté pan over medium heat, then cook garlic and shallot while stirring until fragrant. About 1 minute. Then add tomatoes, sugar and red pepper, stir to combine and bring to a low simmer. Season with salt and pepper to taste

Add meatballs back to pan with sauce, cover with lid and cook over medium-low heat for 20 minutes or until meatballs are cooked through. Stir in chopped basil and taste again for seasoning. Serve meatballs on their own sprinkled with fresh parmesan, or over top of polenta or fresh pasta.