Gluten-Free Garlic-Parmesan Turkey Meatballs
These scrumptious, gluten-free
meatballs are a real crowd pleaser. Here, traditional bread crumbs are replaced
with a hearty portion of freshly grated Parmesan cheese, while a combination of
spices and fresh herbs pack tons of flavor into every bite.
These meatballs freeze well, so make a double or triple batch if time allows. Then simply pull out of the freezer, reheat, and serve with spaghetti squash, zucchini noodles, or your favorite gluten-free pasta for a quick and delicious weeknight meal.
Tip: To help the meatballs hold their round shape, bake them on their own first before adding the tomato sauce.
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 25-30 minutes
2 c. sugar-free tomato sauce*
2 lbs. ground turkey breast
1 large (or 2 small) eggs
1½ c. freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1½ T. fresh oregano leaves
3 T. fresh basil leaves, chopped
3 T. fresh parsley, chopped
3 cloves fresh garlic, finely minced
1 T. onion salt
½ T crushed red pepper flakes
Sea salt and black pepper, to taste
Additional tomato sauce, Parmesan cheese, and fresh basil for serving.
- Preheat oven to 350°F and line a rimmed
baking sheet with parchment paper or a Silpat baking mat. Set aside.
- Pour tomato sauce into 9×13” glass
baking dish and spread in a thin layer to cover the bottom and set aside.
- Add ground turkey, eggs, Parmesan
cheese, oregano, basil, parsley, garlic, onion salt, and crushed red pepper
flakes to a large glass bowl. Season with salt and black pepper, to taste. Thoroughly
combine mixture with your hands and divide into 24 equal-sized portions. (For
larger meatballs, separate into 18 portions). Add more Parmesan cheese, if
necessary, to bind the ingredients.
- Gently roll each portion into a ball
and place on prepared baking sheet, leaving room between each meatball. Place
baking sheet in pre-heated oven and bake for 15-20 minutes. Remove from oven
and transfer meatballs to prepared baking dish. Drizzle with additional tomato
sauce and Parmesan cheese, if desired.
- Place baking dish in oven for approximately 10 minutes, or until sauce and meatballs are heated through. Remove from oven and serve immediately with additional tomato sauce, Parmesan cheese, and fresh basil, if desired.