Spicy turkey meatballs

5
5
5
SmartPoints® value per serving
Total Time
7 hr 15 min
Prep
15 min
Cook
7 hr
Serves
8
Difficulty
Easy
Cooking this crowd-pleasing classic on Low ensures the turkey meatballs turn out juicy and tender.

Ingredients

canned crushed tomatoes

28 oz, (1 can)

canned tomato paste

cup(s)

balsamic vinegar

2 tbsp(s)

dried oregano

3 tsp(s), divided

table salt

1 tsp(s), divided

crushed red pepper flakes

¼ tsp(s), (or to taste)

uncooked 93% lean ground turkey

2 pound(s)

whole wheat Panko breadcrumbs

½ cup(s)

dried basil

2 tbsp(s)

fennel seed

1 tsp(s), crushed

black pepper

½ tsp(s)

Instructions

  1. In a 5- or 6-qt slow cooker, stir together tomatoes, tomato paste, vinegar, 2 tsp oregano, 1/2 tsp salt, and pepper flakes.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together turkey, panko, basil, fennel seeds, remaining 1 tsp oregano, and remaining 1/2 tsp salt, and black pepper until combined well but not overmixed. With damp hands, shape turkey mixture into 24 meatballs. Add to slow cooker. Cover and cook until meatballs are cooked through and flavors are blended, 6 to 7 hours on Low.
  3. Per serving: 3 meatballs and 1/3 cup sauce

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