Popular & practical recipes anyone can cook...

Turkey meatballs in passata sauce

Turkey meatballs in passata sauce

A traditional Italian meatball and passata dish with a British turkey twist!

Serves: 4
Preparation Time: 12-15 minutes
Cooking Time: 26-30 minutes (includes pasta cooking time)
Calories Per Portion: 335
Fat Per Portion: 8.1g

What you need:

  • 350g/12oz fresh British Turkey mince
  • 4 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed
  • 2 tbsp freshly chopped mixed herbs or 2 tsp. dried mixed herbs
  • 25g/1oz fresh breadcrumbs
  • 3 tbsp grated Parmesan cheese
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 medium egg, beaten
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 large onion, peeled and chopped
  • 3 stalks of celery, trimmed and finely chopped
  • 350ml/12 fl oz passata (crushed tomatoes)
  • 350g/12oz tagliatelle or similar pasta
  • 1 tbsp roughly shredded basil
  • Freshly shaved or grated Parmesan cheese, optional

What you do:

  1. Mix the turkey mince with 2 of the crushed garlic cloves, mixed herbs, breadcrumbs, Parmesan and seasoning. Add the egg and mix well until the mixture comes together. Form the mixture into small balls about the size of a cherry tomato.
  2. Heat the oil in a frying pan and seal the turkey balls all over. Remove from the pan and reserve. Add the onion, remaining crushed garlic with the celery and sauté gently for about 8 minutes or until the onion is soft but not browned.
  3. Add the passata to the pan and bring to the boil then reduce the heat. Return the turkey balls to the pan and simmer for 10 minutes or until the turkey is thoroughly cooked.
  4. Meanwhile cook the pasta in plenty of lightly salted boiling water for 8-10 minutes, or according to packet directions. Drain reserving 2 tbsp of the cooking liquor. Return to the pan with the cooking liquor. Add the passata sauce and turkey balls to the pasta, stir lightly then serve immediately sprinkled with the shredded basil. If liked serve with some freshly shaved or grated Parmesan cheese.

This page can be found at:

A short link can also be used: http://bit.ly/gD1dXI

British Turkey

British Turkey

British Turkey isn't just for Christmas! There are lots of delicious meals you can make with it. It's also a superfood - it's the only meat in 14 foods known to help you live a healthier and longer life.

More from British Turkey

Redcurrant, horseradish & mustard-glazed turkey crown

Redcurrant, horseradish & mustard-glazed turkey crown

A roast turkey crown for Christmas makes a superb centrepiece to the table and there's little wastage. Devised by celebrity chef Phil Vickery

Turkey & Peppadew pepper macaroni cheese

Turkey & Peppadew pepper macaroni cheese

Comfort food at its best! This great family favourite is given a colourful new twist with the addition of turkey, Peppadew Peppers and broccoli.

Turkey & mushroom pasta bake

Turkey & mushroom pasta bake

If you're having a children's party but still want them to eat something healthy that's not full of additives, then this recipe is perfect as it feeds 25!

Popular in turkey recipes

Redcurrant, horseradish & mustard-glazed turkey crown

Redcurrant, horseradish & mustard-glazed turkey crown

A roast turkey crown for Christmas makes a superb centrepiece to the table and there's little wastage. Devised by celebrity chef Phil Vickery

Turkey & mushroom pasta bake

Turkey & mushroom pasta bake

If you're having a children's party but still want them to eat something healthy that's not full of additives, then this recipe is perfect as it feeds 25!

Turkey fajitas

Turkey fajitas

These turkey fajitas are great for a lunchtime meal as they're so easy to make, or take them to work in a packed lunch!

New on Secret Sauce

  • Chocolate dipped strawberries Chocolate dipped strawberries
    Viva strawberries and chocolate are a match made in heaven and make a delicious treat and a healthier alternative to a bar of chocolate.
    15th Mar 2015 at 1:55pm in cakes & desserts
  • Fenland celery, herb & bacon parcels
    Fenland celery tastes delicious when roasted. Cooking it in little parcels keeps all the flavours and lovely juices in. Try this easy recipe for family suppers, children love anything wrapped up!
    15th Mar 2015 at 1:55pm in meat & poultry
  • Strawberry & almond macaroons
    Macaroons are the perfect dessert to follow a romantic dinner - the perfect treat!
    10th Feb 2015 at 8:41pm in cakes & desserts

Food poll

Do you buy organic food?