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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.

Source: What to Eat with Diabetes 2019


Recipe Summary

25 mins
40 mins


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Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a shallow baking pan with foil; coat the foil with cooking spray.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 Facts

6 meatballs & 1 cup pasta
467 calories; protein 36.3g; carbohydrates 49.2g; dietary fiber 7.6g; sugars 8.8g; fat 16.1g; saturated fat 4.7g; cholesterol 111mg; vitamin a iu 2245.3IU; vitamin c 61mg; folate 76.1mcg; calcium 131.9mg; iron 5.1mg; magnesium 83.5mg; potassium 907mg; sodium 622.5mg; thiamin 0.3mg.

3 lean protein, 3 vegetable, 2 1/2 starch, 1 fat