Hot Eats and Cool Reads: Linguine with Ground Turkey Meatballs and Marinara Sauce Recipe

Mar 6, 2013

Linguine with Ground Turkey Meatballs and Marinara Sauce Recipe

Oh pasta, why do you have to be so good?? 

Pasta is my food addiction. I love it every way possible, and would eat it daily if I wouldn't gain hundreds of pounds as a result! I really like this recipe because it uses ground turkey for the meatballs instead of beef or pork, making it a little healthier. The meatballs are packed full of flavor, and you can always substitute homemade sauce instead of jarred if you prefer. This would make a great weeknight meal if you made the meatballs the night before. Enjoy!!

Linguine with Ground Turkey Meatballs and Marinara Sauce (print recipe)

What you need:
20 ounce package of ground turkey
1/2 cup onions, finely diced
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon fresh basil, minced
1 tablespoon fresh parsley, minced
1 egg
3/4 cup cracker crumbs
3 tablespoons shredded parmesan cheese, plus extra for garnish
salt and pepper
1- 24 ounce jar pasta sauce
1- 14.5 ounce can of basil, garlic and oregano diced tomatoes
8 ounces linguine, cooked according to package directions and rinsed
fresh parsley, minced for garnish

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 

In a bowl, combine ground turkey, onions, garlic, basil, parsley, egg, cracker crumbs, parmesan, salt and pepper. Shape into 1 inch meatballs and place in a glass baking dish in a single layer. In a separate bowl, combine pasta sauce and diced tomatoes. Pour sauce over meatballs. Bake for 30-45 minutes or until meatballs are cooked through. Serve meatballs and sauce over linguine. Garnish with parmesan and parsley.

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  1. my dinner tonight, but we used penne (tube) pasta

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  3. Wow this looks so tasty! I would love for you to come by and link this or another project at my brand new link party, starting this morning!! Hope to see you!

  4. These meatballs look fantastic, what a great meal. Thank you so much for sharing this special recipe with Full Plate Thursday and enjoy your weekend.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  5. I love using ground turkey. Don't get me wrong, I love ground beef but it's nice to make the meal a little healthier sometimes. :)

  6. My daughter is a meatball lover! This would be a great change to our normal beef meatballs. Thank you for sharing this wonderful recipe at the ALL MY BLOGGY FRIENDS party!

  7. Another great recipe! Your recipe from last week, my host favorite, is what's on our menu for tonight! Southwest chicken coleslaw.
    Thanks for linking up again at "In and Out of the Kitchen"

    1. PS: LOVED the coleslaw, I did do mine a little different but loved it

  8. The perfect lightened comfort food. Thanks for sharing on Thursdays Treasures.

  9. Pasta, speghetti primarily is my comfort food. This looks so Heavenly to me. Pretty picture. I would love for you to share it at link party that's live at
    Wanda Ann @ Memories by the Mile

  10. I made this tonight and it was a huge hit! I made my own sauce and added red and yellow peppers to mine, it was delicious! Thank you so much for this recipe!

    1. You're so welcome, Talea!! I'm so glad you liked it. Thanks for letting me know!! I will have to add peppers next time! :)


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