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5 from 3 votes

Baked Mini Turkey Meatball Casserole

A delicious Homemade Italian Comfort Food Recipe. Choose your pasta and make the perfect Family Dinner Dish.
Prep Time45 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time1 hr 10 mins
Course: Main Dish, Pasta
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Italian penne pasta casserole, meatball casserole, turkey meatballs
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 418kcal
Author: Rosemary Molloy / An Italian in my Kitchen

Ingredients

FOR THE TURKEY MEATBALLS

  • 1 pound ground turkey (1/2 kilo)
  • 2 slices white bread (crusts removed)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1-2 dashes pepper

FOR THE TOMATO SAUCE

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cans pelati tomatoes (nothing added) (800 grams)
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon basil
  • 1/4 - 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1/2 - 3/4 cup water

EXTRAS

  • 1/2 cup shredded firm mozzarella
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4-1/2 cup white sauce (homemade or store bought)
  • 4 cups cooked short pasta

Instructions

  • FOR THE MEATBALLS
  • Soak the bread in milk for about 2 or 3 minutes, then squeeze out moisture and crumble. In a medium bowl combine the crumbled bread with the ground turkey, parmesan cheese, egg,  and spices, mix well. Form the mixture into small meatballs.
  • In a large frying pan add 2 tablespoons of olive oil and brown meatballs on all sides. Remove the meatballs and set aside.
  • FOR THE SAUCE
  • In the same pan add the tomatoes, garlic, spices and water, stir to combine, then add the meatballs and gently combine. Cook until thickened.
  • While pasta is cooking pre-heat the oven at 350F (180C) and lightly grease a medium to large baking dish.
  • While the sauce and meatballs are cooking, cook the pasta a little harder than al dent. Add the drained pasta to the sauce, gently combine, then pour into the prepared baking dish, drizzle with a simple white sauce (bought or homemade). (You can omit the white sauce but believe me it is sooo good with it). Sprinkle with the shredded firm mozzarella and freshly grated parmesan cheese.
  • Bake for about 15-20 minutes. Let sit 5 minutes before serving. 

Nutrition

Calories: 418kcal | Carbohydrates: 44g | Protein: 31g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 87mg | Sodium: 951mg | Potassium: 692mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 452IU | Vitamin C: 13mg | Calcium: 182mg | Iron: 4mg