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Easy turkey Parmesan meatballs

Brandi is natural born food lover of anything from gourmet cheeses and wine down to plain baked breads. When not in the kitchen cooking, she loves to be outdoors, especially near the ocean. She puts her focus mainly on healthy organic ea...

A fun twist on meatballs

Fresh ground turkey breast is blended with seasonings, marinara sauce and cheese, then baked until golden brown. This is a fun way to enjoy a twist on chicken Parmesan in bite-size form.

A fun twist on meatballs

If you love chicken Parmesan you will love these turkey Parmesan meatballs. Rather than breading, frying or baking lots of chicken, we took lean ground turkey and stuffed all those yummy flavors into these tasty little meatballs. This is a great make-ahead recipe that also freezes well.

Easy turkey Parmesan meatballs recipe

Yields about 32 meatballs (serving sizes may vary due to size of meatballs)


  • 1 pound lean ground turkey breast
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
  • Small handful fresh basil, finely chopped, plus more for garnish
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/2 tablespoon dried marjoram or Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 cup fresh grated Parmesan cheese (divided)
  • 1 egg
  • 1-1/4 cups marinara sauce (divided)


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine all ingredients, reserving 1 cup marinara sauce and 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese.
  3. Mix well. Use a small cookie scoop or a spoon to portion out the mixture and place on the baking sheet. Roll each portion into balls. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until the meatballs are completely cooked.
  4. Place the meatballs on a serving platter and spoon the remaining marinara sauce over top. Garnish with remaining Parmesan and fresh basil, if desired.


To keep this dish even healthier, we served our meatballs over fresh zucchini noodles. You can make zucchini noodles easily by using a spiralizer purchased from a cooking store or online.

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