Turkey Meatballs with Linguine & Fresh Tomato Sauce

Turkey Meatballs with Linguine & Fresh Tomato Sauce

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From: What to Eat with Diabetes 2019

For this healthy turkey meatball recipe, lean ground turkey is mixed with fresh mushrooms, oats, garlic, spices and a little Parmesan cheese for a meatball that's moist, delicious and has more fiber and less saturated fat than a traditional beef and pork version. Serve these tasty meatballs over whole-grain pasta with fresh tomato sauce for a satisfying take on spaghetti and meatballs, and save the leftovers to stuff into sandwiches.

Ingredients 4 servings

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  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 3 cups sliced fresh button mushrooms (8 ounces)
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • ⅓ cup quick-cooking rolled oats
  • ⅓ cup finely grated Parmesan cheese
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons dried Italian seasoning, crushed
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground pepper
  • 1¼ pounds lean ground turkey
  • 1 recipe Linguine with Fresh Tomato Sauce (see Associated Recipes)

Preparation

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  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Line a shallow baking pan with foil; coat the foil with cooking spray.
  2. Heat oil in a medium skillet over medium heat. Add mushrooms; cook, stirring occasionally, until tender and all of the liquid has evaporated, 8 to 10 minutes. Transfer the mushrooms to a food processor; process until finely chopped.
  3. Combine egg, oats, Parmesan, garlic, Italian seasoning, salt and pepper in a large bowl. Add the mushrooms and turkey; mix well. On a cutting board, pat the meat mixture into a rectangle and cut into 30 squares. Roll each square into a ball and place the balls ½ inch apart in the prepared pan. Bake until the meatballs are no longer pink and their internal temperature reaches 165°F, 12 to 15 minutes.
  4. Divide the linguine and sauce between 4 plates or shallow bowls. Top each serving with 6 meatballs. (Reserve the remaining meatballs for another meal; see Note.)
  • Note: If you're following our 1,500-calorie diabetes meal plan, place 6 meatballs in an airtight container; refrigerate for use in the Turkey Meatball Pita Sandwich (see Associated Recipes).

Nutrition information

  • Serving size: 6 meatballs & 1 cup pasta
  • Per serving: 467 calories; 16 g fat(5 g sat); 8 g fiber; 49 g carbohydrates; 36 g protein; 76 mcg folate; 111 mg cholesterol; 9 g sugars; 0 g added sugars; 2,245 IU vitamin A; 61 mg vitamin C; 132 mg calcium; 5 mg iron; 622 mg sodium; 907 mg potassium
  • Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin C (102% daily value), Vitamin A (45% dv), Iron (28% dv)
  • Carbohydrate Servings:
  • Exchanges: 3 lean protein, 3 vegetable, 2½ starch, 1 fat

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