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Meatballs in Rustic Tomato Sauce

A dish for the whole family

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Serves 4 (22 meatballs)


  • 2 pounds lean ground turkey
  • 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped parsley
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon cumin
  • ½ teaspoon sweet paprika
  • 1 tablespoon small capers
  • 3 tablespoons bread crumbs
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Flour for coating
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil


1. Mix all ingredients, except flour and oil, in a large bowl. Season well.

2. Shape into meatballs of approximately 1½ inches in diameter. Coat meatballs lightly with flour.

3. Pour oil into a large skillet. Add meatballs and brown on all sides.

4. Remove from skillet and set aside.

Rustic tomato sauce


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • ½ medium Spanish onion, diced
  • 4 garlic cloves, finally chopped
  • 1 green onion, finely chopped
  • 1 red pepper, cored, seeded and cubed
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 28-ounces can diced tomatoes, with juice
  • ¾ cups chicken broth
  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • Salt and pepper to taste


1. Pour olive oil into skillet used to brown the meatballs.

2. Add diced Spanish onion and sauté 3 to 4 minutes until translucent. Add garlic, green onion, red pepper, oregano, tomatoes, pepper flakes, chicken broth, salt and pepper.

3. Cover and cook over medium-low heat for approximately 8 to 10 minutes, until thickened.

4. Add meatballs to sauce. Cover and cook over medium-low heat for 15 minutes.

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