It’s Friday night, which around here usually means carbo-loading for Saturday’s long run. However, with no upcoming races and no real training plan, there’s no pressure to do a real long run tomorrow. Regardless, it has become a habit to eat pasta on Friday nights. For as long as I can remember I have made penne with turkey meatballs and a salad on Fridays.
Easy Turkey Meatballs
Over the years I have developed a go-to turkey meatball recipe, which I thought I would share. I usually have all the ingredients on hand, and it only takes 10 minutes to put together and 35 minutes to cook. You can either make the pasta while they are cooking, or make them before and reheat them while making the pasta.
I use chopped onion and carrots, but you can leave one or both of these out if you choose!
I usually buy 99% fat free ground turkey, but this week the kind with 7% fat was on sale so we went with that.
- 1.3 lbs Ground Turkey
- 1 cup Tomato-Basil Pasta Sauce
- 1 cup Breadcrumbs
- 1 cup Chopped onion
- 1/2 cup Chopped carrots
- 1 tsp Oregano
- 1 tsp Italian seasoning
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Coat a baking sheet with cooking spray. (Use foil for easier clean-up.) Mix all ingredients in a large bowl. Use hands to shape into meatballs. Bake 35 minutes. Enjoy with pasta and sauce, and a salad on the side!
I used oregano and Italian seasoning, and sometimes I add garlic powder. Add whatever spices you like!
I find this to be a great addition to my pasta, and its easy on my stomach the night before a run. They are flavorful but simple. Enjoy!