• Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Cooking Time: 2 hrs 20 mins
  • Serves: (15) 2" meatballs

Turkey Zucchini Meatballs Recipe

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 Ingredients List

  • For the marinara:
  • 1½ tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 stalk of celery, chopped into ¼" chunks
  • 1 small carrot, peeled and chopped into ¼" chunks
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ large zucchini, chopped into ½" chunks
  • (1) 28 ounce can of crushed tomatoes (I used San Marzano)
  • pinch of sugar
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • salt, to taste
  • For the meatballs:
  • 1½ tablespoons canola oil
  • 1½ lbs. ground turkey (I used lean ground)
  • ¾ cup finely grated zucchini (about ½ large zucchini)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1½ tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 large egg
  • ¼ cup panko breadcrumbs


Prepare the marinara:
Heat the olive oil in a large sauté pan or pot over medium heat. Add the onion, celery, and carrot with a pinch of salt, and sauté for 8-10 minutes or until the onion is translucent and the vegetables have softened. Add a bit more oil if the pan seems dry, and add the garlic and zucchini, and sauté 2 minutes more. Add the tomato sauce, sugar, bay leaf, basil, parsley, tomato paste, and salt, to taste, and stir to combine. Place in the slow cooker.

Prepare the meatballs:
Combine the ground turkey with the zucchini, garlic, Worcestershire, salt, parsley, thyme, pepper, egg, and bread crumbs in a large bowl, being careful not to over mix or the meat will become tough. Form into about (15) 2" meatballs. Heat the canola oil in a sauté pan over medium high heat, and add the meatballs. Brown on the top and bottom, about 2 minutes per side, and remove from the pan. Place in the slow cooker with the marinara and cook on low for 2 hours or until cooked through. Enjoy over orzo pasta, spaghetti, or spaghetti squash!

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