Spicy Turkey Meatballs and Spaghetti

bowls of spaghetti and meatballs
Prep Time
25 min
Cook Time
40 min
8 servings

This delicious take on spaghetti and meatballs will leave you wanting more.x

Recipe courtesy of Ina Garten.

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cups (1-inch diced) bread cubes from a round rustic bread, crusts removed
cup whole milk
lb(s) ground turkey (85% to 92% lean)
lb(s) sweet Italian pork sausage, casings removed
oz thinly sliced prosciutto, finely chopped
cup freshly grated aged Asiago cheese
cup minced fresh parsley
tsp dried oregano
tsp crushed red pepper flakes
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
Tbsp good olive oil, plus extra for brushing the meatballs
extra-large eggs, lightly beaten
(24-oz) jars good marinara sauce, such as Rao's
lb(s) dried spaghetti, such as De Cecco
Freshly grated Parmesan (or Asiago) cheese, for serving


Step 1

Preheat the oven to 400ºF. Line 2 sheet pans with parchment paper.

Step 2

Place the bread in the bowl of a food processor fitted with the steel blade. Process until the bread is in medium crumbs. Transfer the crumbs to a small bowl and add the milk. Set aside for 5 minutes.

Step 3

In a large mixing bowl, combine the turkey, sausage, prosciutto, bread mixture, Asiago, parsley, oregano, red pepper flakes, 1 tablespoon salt, and 1 ½ teaspoons pepper. Lightly combine the ingredients with your hands. Add the 3 tablespoons of olive oil and the eggs, and stir lightly with a fork to combine.

Step 4

With your hands, lightly roll the mixture into 2-inch-round meatballs and place them on the prepared sheet pans. Brush the meatballs with olive oil. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes, until the tops are browned and the centers are completely cooked.

Step 5

Pour the marinara sauce in a large, low pot, add the meatballs, and bring to a simmer.

Step 6

Meanwhile, cook the spaghetti in a large pot of boiling salted water according to the directions on the package. Drain and place the spaghetti in individual bowls, and top with 3 meatballs and lots of sauce. Serve with Parmesan cheese on the side.

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