turkey meatballs

Turkey Meatballs With Tomato Ragu

 Serves 4

Cooking and prep time: 50 minutes.



For the meatballs:

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 40g breadcrumbs
  • 50ml milk
  • 250g turkey mince
  • 1 large carrot, peeled and grated
  • 1 tsp fresh thyme leaves
  • ½ tsp salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tbsp flour, for dusting
  • 2 tbsp rapeseed oil


For the tomato sauce:

  • tbsp olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 400g tin chopped tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp tomato purée
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • ¼ tsp dried oregano
  • pinch dried chilli flakes
  • salt and pepper


To serve:

  • 250g/9oz dried spaghetti
  • chopped fresh basil



1. For the meatballs, heat the oil in a pan and fry the onion for about 10 minutes until softened.

2. Meanwhile, soak the breadcrumbs in the milk for 10 minutes in a large bowl.

3. For the sauce, heat the oil in a pan and fry the onion for about 10 minutes until softened. Add the crushed garlic and sauté for one minute.

4. Add all the remaining sauce ingredients and simmer, covered, for ten minutes.

5. For the meatballs, add the turkey mince, grated carrot, thyme, sautéed onions, salt and freshly ground black pepper to the soaked breadcrumbs and mix together.

6. Using floured hands, form teaspoons of the turkey mixture into small balls.

7. Heat the rapeseed oil in a frying pan and brown the meatballs. Transfer the meatballs to the pan of tomato sauce and sim-mer, uncovered, for 8-10 minutes.

8. Cook the spaghetti according to the instructions on the packet. Drain and toss with the sauce. Sprinkle with a little chopped parsley or basil and serve.


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