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Grandma’s Marinara Sauce with Turkey Meatballs

Points® value
Total Time
1 hr 20 min
20 min
1 hr
This so-simple tomato sauce packs tons of flavour. Turkey meatballs simmer right in the sauce for easy cleanup.


Red pepper flakes

¼ tsp(s)

Canned chopped onions

1 cup(s), or 1 large onion (chopped)

Kosher salt

2 tsp(s), divided

Minced garlic

2 tsp(s)

Canned crushed tomatoes

35 oz, in juice

Fresh basil

½ cup(s), minced fresh

Italian seasoning

1 tbsp(s), no-salt


1 tbsp(s), Turkey Meatballs

Uncooked ground turkey

1 pound(s)

Dried plain breadcrumbs

½ tbsp(s)

Parmesan cheese

1 oz, fine-grated


1 large

Italian seasoning

½ tsp(s), no salt

Kosher salt

1 tsp(s)


  1. Heat oil in a large soup pot or Dutch oven over medium-low heat. Add onions and sprinkle with 10 ml (2 tsp) salt. Cook, stirring often, until golden and softened, about 10-15 minutes. Add chili flakes and garlic and cook for 1 minute. Add tomatoes, basil, Italian seasoning, remaining 5 ml (1 tsp) salt, and sugar to pot. Bring to a simmer, stirring often.
  2. While sauce simmers, combine all meatball ingredients in a large bowl. Shape into 30 2.5-cm (one-inch) meatballs and add to simmering sauce. Cook for 35-40 minutes or until meatballs are cooked through. Yields 325 ml (1⅓ cup) sauce and 5 meatballs per portion.


If you like your sauce completely smooth use a blender or immersion blender to puree it before adding the meatballs to simmer.