Smokey Turkey Meatballs - This easy and healthy recipe makes the BEST homemade turkey meatballs! Serve with spaghetti for a delicious meal!

Smokey Turkey Meatballs Recipe

Smokey Turkey Meatballs Recipe - These meatballs have a nice smokey flavor to them and are perfect served over spaghetti or by themselves as an appetizer!
Course Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine American, Italian
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 429
Author Nora


For the Sauce

  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 3 shallots chopped
  • 1 teaspoon tomato paste
  • 1/3 cup red wine
  • 1 very small celeriac cubed
  • 2 small carrots cubed
  • 2 cups passata
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • Salt & pepper to taste

For the Meatballs

  • 10.5 ounces ground turkey
  • 3/4 cups breadcrumbs
  • 1 egg
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Black pepper
  • Oil for pan frying


To Make the Sauce

  • Heat the oil in a nonstick frying pan over medium high heat. Add the shallots and cook until translucent, 2-3 minutes. Add the tomato paste and stir well. Roast for one minute before deglazing with the red wine.
  • Add the vegetables, passata, sugar and spices, bring to a simmer and cook on medium low heat until vegetables are tender and the sauce has thickened to your desired consistency, about 15-20 minutes. Check for seasoning before serving.

To Make the Meatballs

  • Add all ingredients except for the oil to a bowl and knead well. Shape into small balls.
  • Heat some oil in a large frying pan over high heat. Cook the meatballs until they adopt a golden crispy crust, reduce the heat to medium and cook until done, about 5-7 minutes (depending on the size of your meatballs).
  • Toss with the sauce before serving with Parmesan cheese over your favorite pasta or other starch.


If serving with pasta I recommend tossing the pasta in the sauce as well to avoid it sticking together.


Calories: 429kcal