once every couple of months, my husband really longs for a classic Italian dinner.  i try to limit this type of high carbohydrate meal for him, but have found some tasty recipes through giada’s everyday Italian cookbook.  her show on the food network inspires me that Italian cooking can be more healthy and lighter than in years past.  her recipe for classic Italian meatballs uses turkey instead of veal, pork and beef. it decreases the fat and calories by a great deal.

the meatballs are baked in the oven, then combined with sauce, and baked again to finish them. they were tasty and easy to prepare.  this recipe makes about three dozen one inch meatballs.  they can be used as a main course served with pasta, added to a sandwich, or served as appetizers.

a combination of ground turkey and ground sausage can be used instead of just ground turkey. to make the meatballs:  stir together in a bowl the following ingredients:  1/4 cup plain bread crumbs, 1/4 cup chopped parsley, 2 eggs, 2 tablespoons milk, 3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese, sea salt and black pepper to taste, and one pound of ground turkey.

shape into one inch size meatballs.  place on a sheet pan that has been prepared with olive oil baking spray.  bake in the oven for 15 minutes in a 400 degree oven.

turn the meatballs and bake again for another 7 to 10 minutes.  then, add to a baking dish with any marinara sauce to cover and bake again for another 10 to 15 minutes to heat through.

there are many recipes for pasta red sauce, use your favorite. place on top of any pasta and then, add shredded parmesan cheese to the top of the dish.




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