Turkey Meatballs in Spicy Tomato Basil Sauce with Burrata Recipe


Turkey Meatballs in Spicy Tomato Basil Sauce with Burrata Recipe


For the meatballs:

  • 1 pound 93% lean ground turkey
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons breadcrumbs (can leave out if GF)
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 2 tablespoons fresh basil, minced
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes

For the sauce:

  • 2 cups tomato sauce or your favorite pasta sauce (marinara works well)
  • 4-5 large basil leaves, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • Optional: 2 cups sliced mushrooms
  • 4-6 ounces of Burrata cheese, cut into large pieces


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the turkey, bread crumbs, egg, minced basil, garlic salt, oregano, cumin, dijon mustard, black pepper, cayenne, and red pepper flakes. Mix together and roll into 1 inch meatballs. You will end up with anywhere between 16-22 meatballs.
  3. Bake meatballs for 15 minutes.
  4. While the meatballs are baking, make the sauce. Heat a large skillet on medium-low and add tomato sauce and oregano. At this point you can add any herbs or additional ingredients such as mushrooms or red pepper flakes if you desire. Sauce will thicken.
  5. Once meatballs are done baking, add them to the skillet; spoon the tomato sauce generously over the meatballs and add the basil.
  6. Place the Buratta randomly in the tomato sauce and/or over the meatballs; continue cooking on medium-low for 5 more minutes or until the cheese has melted into the sauce.
  7. Serve meatballs over grain or pasta of choice. Would also be great over spaghetti squash.

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