Mini Turkey Meatballs

1 small onion, minced

3 cloves garlic, minced

1 large egg

1/4 c dried bread crumbs

3 Tbs ketchup

1/4 c fresh parsley

1/4 c Parmesan

1 tsp salt

1/4 tsp pepper

1 lb ground turkey

3 Tbs olive oil

26 oz Simple Tomato Sauce (recipe follows)


1. Add all ingredients except olive oil and tomato sauce in a bowl. Mix with hands. Shape the mixture into 1 inch diameter meatballs.

2. Heat the oil in a large fry pan. Add the meatballs and saute until browned on all sides. (Original directions say 5 min, I cooked mine closer to 15 min)

3. Remove meatballs. Add Simple Tomato Sauce to pan and heat. Add meatballs back to pan and let flavors blend and simmer for 15-20 minutes.  Serve over pasta or serve meatballs by themselves with toothpicks.


Simple Tomato Sauce

1/2 c olive oil

1 small onion, chopped

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 stalk celery, chopped

1 carrot, chopped

Sea salt and pepper

2 (32oz) cans crushed tomatoes

4 to 6 basil leaves

2 dried bay leaves


1. In a large pot, heat oil over high heat. Saute onions and garlic until soft and translucent. Add celery and carrots and saute until vegetables are soft. Add salt and pepper. Add tomatoes, basil, and bay leaves. Simmer for 1 hour, covered.

2. Remove bay leaves. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Add the tomato sauce to a food processor and process until smooth.

Notes: Makes 6 cups. Freeze for up to 6 months.