meatball recipe for spaghetti

reader reviews

“Delicious! Have made them twice now and love these.” - Dawn “My go-to turkey meatball recipe! I love how you use the slow cooker. It doesn’t take long to prep nor is it over complicated.” - Whitney


onion baby spinach fresh basil leaves nutritional yeast or parmesan garlic powder salt olive oil jar of marinara sauce dark meat ground turkey

about this recipe

easy healthy gluten free

This easy slow cooker turkey meatball recipe combines ground turkey with fresh spinach, basil and marinara. So easy to prep and the perfect meatball recipe for spaghetti night!



Grate the onion over a large bowl. Chop the spinach and basil into very small pieces (or prep all three in the food processor).



To the same bowl, add the nutritional yeast, garlic powder, and salt, stirring to combine. Add the turkey and stir again, until all the ingredients are well incorporated.



Prepare your crockpot by adding the olive oil to the base of a 6-quart slow cooker, spreading it around until the bottom is well coated.



Using a small, 1.6-inch cookie scoop or large soup spoon, scoop the turkey mixture into a single layer of meatballs into the base of the slow cooker. Gently add any remaining mixture on top, creating a second layer.



Pour the marinara sauce over the meatballs. Do not stir. Cover and cook on high for 4 hours or low for 6-8. Uncover and gently stir to separate the meatballs.

Ground turkey is very sticky and doesn’t roll as easily or cleanly as ground beef. So trying to roll the turkey meat into balls by hand will likely result in a mess. That's why I highly recommend using the cookie scoop or spoon method for best results!

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