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Turkey Ricotta Meatballs and Spaghetti

Turkey Ricotta Meatballs and Spaghetti

Start to finish: 35 minutes

Serves: 4

Key Ingredients Needed

  • Kosher salt
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium-size yellow onion, diced
  • 5 teaspoons minced garlic, divided
  • 1 28-ounce can crushed tomatoes
  • 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • 5 tablespoons chopped fresh basil leaves, divided
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 1/2 cup whole-milk ricotta cheese
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup Italian-seasoned breadcrumbs
  • 1 pound uncooked spaghetti Italian parsley, chopped (garnish) Parmesan cheese, grated (garnish)

Instructions/Step By Step Directions

Step 1: Preheat the oven to 375°.

Step 2: Bring a stockpot of salted water to a boil.

Step 3: To make the marinara, heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in a large saucepan over medium-high.

Step 4: Add the onion, and cook until softened and translucent, about 8 minutes.

Step 5: Add 3 teaspoons garlic and cook for 30 seconds.

Step 6: Stir in the tomatoes, Italian seasoning, and 3 tablespoons basil, and season with salt and pepper.

Step 7: Bring to a boil; reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer for 10 minutes.

Step 8: Remove from heat and cover to keep warm.

Step 9: While the marinara simmers, make the meatballs.

Step 10: In a large bowl, mix together the turkey, ricotta, egg, breadcrumbs, 2 teaspoons kosher salt, 1/2 teaspoon pepper, and remaining garlic and basil until well combined.

Step 11: Shape the mixture into about 12 evenly sized meatballs, about 2 inches each in diameter.

Step 12: Warm the remaining olive oil in a large oven-safe skillet over medium-high heat.

Step 13: Add the meatballs, and brown on all sides, 3 to 4 minutes.

Step 14: Transfer the skillet to the preheated oven, and bake until cooked through about 6 minutes.

Step 15: While the meatballs cook, boil the spaghetti until al dente, about 10 minutes. Drain well in a colander.

Step 16: Divide spaghetti among 4 bowls and ladle the marinara sauce on top.

Step 17: Top with meatballs, and garnish with parsley and Parmesan.