Turkey Meatballs with Linguine & Fresh Tomato Sauce


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.

Prep Time:
25 mins
Additional Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
40 mins
4 servings


  • 1 teaspoon olive oil

  • 3 cups sliced fresh button mushrooms (8 ounces)

  • 1 egg, lightly beaten

  • cup quick-cooking rolled oats

  • cup finely grated Parmesan cheese

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced

  • 2 teaspoons dried Italian seasoning, crushed

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ¼ teaspoon ground pepper

  • 1 ¼ pounds lean ground turkey

  • 1 recipe Linguine with Fresh Tomato Sauce (see Associated Recipes)


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees 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 1/2 inch apart in the prepared pan. Bake until the meatballs are no longer pink and their internal temperature reaches 165 degrees 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).

Associated Recipes

Linguine with Fresh Tomato Sauce

Turkey Meatball Pita Sandwich

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

467 Calories
16g Fat
49g Carbs
36g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Serving Size 6 meatballs & 1 cup pasta
Calories 467
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 49g 18%
Dietary Fiber 8g 27%
Total Sugars 9g
Protein 36g 73%
Total Fat 16g 21%
Saturated Fat 5g 24%
Cholesterol 111mg 37%
Vitamin A 2245IU 45%
Vitamin C 61mg 68%
Folate 76mcg 19%
Sodium 623mg 27%
Calcium 132mg 10%
Iron 5mg 28%
Magnesium 84mg 20%
Potassium 907mg 19%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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