Saturday, May 15, 2010

Pioneer Woman's Spaghetti and (Turkey) Meatballs

Since I made this dinner for 2 of my good friends, I will let them give you an intro into Pioneer Woman's Spaghetti and (Turkey Version) Meatballs:

J: The meatballs were really really really moist and delicious

K: I liked it very much.

Neither minded that I made the meatballs with all turkey, and in fact, one said she preferred it to the typical, all-beef meatball

The Sauce for the meal came out WONDERFULLY. I had twice before tried to make homemade pasta sauce with either tart or bland results. This came out great (though I did tweak a little to get there).

Also of note- these freeze very well. Which is good since it makes way way WAY more than the 3 of us could eat.

Pioneer Woman's Spaghetti and Meatballs- Turkey Version
  • 1.5 lbs ground turkey
  • 3 cloves Garlic, Minced
  • ¾ cups Bread Crumbs
  • 2 whole Eggs
  • ¾ cups Grated Parmesan
  • ¼ cups Flat-leaf Parsley, Minced- I used a little less and used some dried
  • dried basil to taste
  • ¼ teaspoons Salt
  • Freshly Ground Black Pepper
  • Splash Of Milk
  • ½ cups Olive Oil
  • 1 whole Yellow Onion, Diced
  • 3 cloves Garlic, Minced
  • 1 whole (28-ounce) Can Whole Tomatoes
  • 1 whole 28 Ounce Can Crushed Tomatoes
  • pinch of red pepper flakes
  • ½ cups Red Wine
  • ¼ teaspoons Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Sugar
  • Freshly Ground Black Pepper
  • dried basil, parsley and oregano to taste
  • ¼ cups Flat-leaf Parsley, Minced
  • 8 whole Fresh Basil Leaves, Chiffonade
  • 2 pounds Spaghetti, Cooked To Al Dente
Preparation Instructions

To make the meatballs, combine meat, garlic, breadcrumbs, Parmesan, eggs, salt, pepper, parsley, basil, and a splash of milk in a mixing bowl. Mix together well with hands. Roll into 25 1 1/2-inch balls and place on a cookie sheet. Place cookie sheet into the freezer for 5 to 10 minutes (or fridge for about 30 min) to firm up.

To brown the meatballs, heat olive oil in a heavy pot or large skillet over medium-high heat. Add meatballs 5 at a time, turning to brown. Remove and drain on a paper towel after each batch. Set meatballs aside.

In the same pot, add the onions and garlic and cook for a few minutes, or until translucent. Pour in whole tomatoes, crushed tomatoes, red pepper, and wine. Add salt, pepper, sugar, dried herbs and parsley. Stir to combine and cook over medium heat for 20-30 minutes.

Add meatballs to pot and stir in gently. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook for 30-40 minutes, stirring very gently a couple of times during the simmer.

Just before serving, stir in basil if using.

Serve over cooked spaghetti. Sprinkle with extra Parmesan.


Mom To The Power Of Three said...

This looks really good. I think I will try out this recipe. The sauce sounds yummy too. I haven't tried meatballs with just turkey but I have mixed it in with beef.

Anonymous said...

This looks great! I will try this out very soon...once the summer weather is over here in DC!