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Turkey bacon and sage meatballs - These Turkey and Sage Spaghetti Meatballs are a nutritionally balanced, easy to make delicious meal for the whole family. Gluten and dairy free.
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Turkey and Sage Spaghetti Meatballs

These Turkey and Sage Spaghetti Meatballs are just so delicious and sure to become a family favourite. They are gluten and grain-free and contain lots of plant based goodness. Left-overs are even better the next day too
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 6

Ingredients

Tomato Sauce

  • 1 bunch/s fresh basil leaves
  • 1 onion/s -finely diced
  • 2 clove/s garlic -finely sliced
  • 1 kg roma tomatoe/s (or 2 x 400g tins of chopped tomatoes)
  • 1 tbsp red wine vinegar (or balsamic vinegar)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil -extra virgin

Turkey and Sage Meatballs

  • 1 rasher/s bacon - short cut, finely diced
  • 1 red onion/s -finely diced
  • 1 clove/s garlic -crushed
  • 30 g baby spinach -finely chopped (1 cup approx.)
  • 1 carrot/s (large) grated
  • 500 g turkey mince
  • 50 g almond meal (½ cup)
  • 1 free-range or organic egg/s
  • 2 tbsp fresh sage leaves (or 1 tablespoon dried sage)
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper -to taste
  • 300 g spaghetti - I love quinoa and rice spaghetti

Instructions

Start with the tomato sauce:

  • Pick the basil leaves from the stalks, finely chop the stalks and set aside the basil leaves which you can also roughly chop or tear.
  • Peel and finely dice the onion and garlic. I generally chop this in the Thermomix garlic 5 seconds, speed 5 then add the onion, 10 seconds speed 5. I then add this to a small pot (to make the sauce) and without washing the Thermomix, use the bowl to make the meatballs. 
  • Put a saucepan on a medium heat and add 1 tablespoon of olive oil and the onion and garlic. Cook for around 7 minutes, or until soft and lightly golden.
  • If using fresh, cut the tomatoes in half, then roughly chop them or carefully open the tins of tomatoes.
  • Stir in the basil stalks for a few minutes, then add the fresh or tinned tomatoes and the vinegar.
  • Season with a tiny pinch of salt and pepper, then continue to simmer for around 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Once cooked, remove from the heat and stir in the basil leaves (reserving a few to garnish).
  • Meanwhile…

Prepare the meatballs:

  • Prepare (chop or grate) your bacon, onion, garlic, spinach and carrot (by hand or in a food processor). Thermomix garlic first 5 seconds speed 5, then the onion, bacon, carrot and spinach, 20 seconds speed 4-5 (until chopped finely).
  • Place in a large mixing bowl with the turkey mince, almond meal, egg, sage and seasoning. Thermomix add the mince, almond meal, egg, sage and seasoning and mix 30 seconds, on reverse speed 3 (you may need to scrape the sides to make sure the ingredients are evenly combined).
  • Wash your hands well and squeeze the mixture to combine all of the meatball ingredients.
  • Roll it into approx. golf ball sized meatballs and set aside until ready to cook.
  • To cook, place a little olive oil in a large non-stick or cast iron pan and heat over a medium-high heat. Cook the meatballs for about 5 minutes or until brown, turning to cook on both sides.
  • Once the meatballs are almost cooked, pour over the tomato sauce and let simmer for 5 minutes or until the meatballs are cooked firm.

Serve

  • With the reserved basil leaves and finely grated Parmesan cheese (or nutritional yeast for dairy-free).
  • With al dente whole wheat or gluten-free pasta, zoodles or quinoa.
  • I also serve with a simple green salad.

Make-ahead

  • Re-heat in a pot over a low heat until just hot.

Store

  • Store in an airtight container in the fridge.
  • Can also be frozen (cooked meatballs in sauce). Or, you can freeze the meatballs prior to cooking.

Notes

Nut-free

Replace the almond meal with breadcrumbs.

Egg-free

Simply omit the egg.

Onion-free

Replace the onion with finely diced fennel in the sauce and omit in the meatballs. 

Garlic-free

Replace the garlic with a teaspoon of ground cumin and a pinch of cayenne in the sauce and the meatballs. 
 
Check out all 10 twists on Jamie's Classic Tomato Spaghetti HERE.
 
 

Enjoy and I'd love to hear how you liked it. Post a comment below!