Recipe Details

Tuscan Turkey Meatballs with Torn Basil

Number of Servings: 6

Serving Size: 3 meatballs

Tuscan cuisine is the original peasant cuisine of Italy. Some notable Tuscan ingredients--parmesan cheese, basil, and wheat--are all used in these lean, yet luscious, meatballs. The torn basil provides a simple, rustic touch. More than Four? This recipe can be served as an hors d'oeuvre for 18--one meatball per person. Or it can be easily doubled to serve 12 as an entree, or 36 as an hors d'oeuvre.

Name: Amount:
plain whole wheat panko bread crumbs 0.50 cup
grated red onion 0.50 cup
freshly grated Parmigiana–Reggiano cheese 0.50 cup
packed fresh basil leaves, half finely chopped, half hand torn (divided use) 1 cup
egg, lightly beaten 1 large
egg white 1 large
garlic cloves, minced 2 large
crushed red pepper flakes 0.75 tsp
lb lean ground turkey breast meat 1
sea salt 0.75 tsp

Preheat oven to 450°F.


Stir the bread crumbs and onion together in a medium bowl and let sit at least 5 minutes.


One at a time, stir in each additional ingredient except the torn basil, to assure all gets evenly combined and the turkey doesn’t get overmixed.


Form the mixture into 18 balls (about 2 Tbsp mixture each).


Place on large nonstick baking pan and bake 18 minutes or until well done.


Serve topped with the torn basil.

Nutritional Information (per serving)
Calories 160
Calories from Fat 37
Total Fat 4g
Saturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 70mg
Sodium 460mg
Potassium n/a
Carbohydrates 7g
Dietary Fiber 1g
Sugars n/a
Protein 2g
Vitamin A n/a
Vitamin C n/a
Calcium n/a
Iron n/a
Folic Acid n/a
Dietary Exchange 1/2 Carbohydrate 2 Lean Meats Total