Mona’s Italian Meatballs And Marinara- $7.92 recipe/ $1.83 serving, or $0.61 meatball


If you’re a big fan of Italian meatballs, but you’re looking for something a little lighter on the calorie side, then this is the recipe for you! It’s an easy, simple, frugal, and quick recipe. Prep time included, it only takes 40 minutes. If you haven’t always loved ground turkey, do not dismay, I never used to like it either, but the taste of these meatballs will change your mind. In fact, I bet most people wouldn’t even taste the difference between these and lean ground beef. I use the photo above as my serving size, about 3 meatballs and a nice mess of sauce per person, with my portions this serves about 5- if you’re feeling more voracious, simply double the recipe!


Ingredients- (makes 13-15 large meatballs)

1.5 lbs. ground lean turkey (I think my package was actually 1.3 pounds, but anywhere near that amount will work. Also, I use 93% lean, other deviations will work, but make sure there is at least 3% fat) ($5.59)

28 oz. crushed tomatoes ($0.99)

15 oz. tomato sauce ($0.89)

1 egg ($0.16)

4 cloves garlic ($0.08)

1/2 tsp. worcestershire ($0.05)

1 tsp. onion powder ($0.02)

1 tsp. oregano ($0.03)

1/2 tsp. chili powder ($0.03)

1 tbsp. bread crumbs ($0.08)

Step by Step

1. Combine crushed tomatoes, tomato sauce, and onion powder in a large pot. Heat over low heat, covered.

2. Combine ground turkey, chili powder, oregano, worcestshire, minced garlic, and egg in a bowl. Combine completely. Add in breadcrumbs last and combine.

3. Form meatballs, one by one drop them into the simmering tomato sauce. I use my hands, if you find the mixture is sticking to you too much, just wet your hands with cold water and then get back to rolling!

4. Let meatballs simmer in sauce, over low, with the pot covered for 20 minutes.

5. Now uncover pot, and let simmer for an additional 10 minutes.

Voila! Enjoy your meatballs on their own, over pasta, egg noodles, or even on a sub sandwich with some melted cheese.

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