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Turkey Meatballs and Sauce

My sweetie and I have fought the battle of the bulge forever. This is my less-fattening take on meatballs. They’re slow-cooker easy, and so flavorful! — Jane McMillan, Dania Beach, Florida
  • Total Time
    Prep: 40 min. Cook: 6 hours
  • Makes
    8 servings


  • 1/4 cup egg substitute
  • 1/2 cup seasoned bread crumbs
  • 1/3 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt-free seasoning blend
  • 1-1/2 pounds lean ground turkey
  • SAUCE:
  • 1 can (15 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 small zucchini, chopped
  • 1 medium green pepper, chopped
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 can (6 ounces) tomato paste
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 package (16 ounces) whole wheat spaghetti


  • In a large bowl, combine the egg substitute, bread crumbs, onion, pepper and seasoning blend. Crumble turkey over mixture and mix well. Shape into 1-in. balls; place on a rack coated with cooking spray in a shallow baking pan. Bake at 400° for 15 minutes or until no longer pink.
  • Meanwhile, in a 4- or 5-qt. slow cooker, combine the tomato sauce, tomatoes, zucchini, green pepper, onion, tomato paste, bay leaves, garlic and seasonings. Stir in meatballs. Cover and cook on low for 6 hours. Cook spaghetti according to package directions; serve with meatballs and sauce.
Nutrition Facts
4 meatballs with 3/4 cup sauce and 1 cup spaghetti: 413 calories, 9g fat (2g saturated fat), 59mg cholesterol, 514mg sodium, 59g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 9g fiber), 30g protein.

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  • muffbear74
    Feb 11, 2015

    Liked that there were all those veggies in the sauce.

  • eabarriault
    Jan 14, 2013

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  • southernkid
    Jan 8, 2013

    Love it I wouldn't change a thing.

  • KathyYaun
    Nov 20, 2012

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  • Susan8676
    Aug 15, 2012

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  • kbroaddrick
    Oct 18, 2011

    we loved the turkey meatballs, but the sauce lacked a deep tomato flavor, and was very veggie-ful and herby. which is good, but I added more tomatoes!

  • semuller
    Sep 8, 2011

    These are super yummy: a great way to get in lots of vegetables! I also added some celery . It tasted great! Next time I'll leave out the red pepper flakes, as we like our food very mild!

  • andij68
    Aug 23, 2011

    While I really liked the turkey meatballs, the sauce was not a hit at my house. I will continue to look for a good homemade sauce for the crock pot and will make these turkey meatballs again. Most turkey here is sold in 19 or 20 oz packages, not the 24 ounces called for in the recipe, so I had to make some adjustments in the other ingredients.

  • chris_giles18
    Aug 20, 2011

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  • Lillydee
    Jul 13, 2011

    Jane, I am so happy for u winning this contest. U are an amazing cook and greatly deserve it. I will try these yummy looking meatballs real soon.