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Angel Hair with Red Sauce and Turkey Meatballs

June 18, 2014 (Last Updated: January 25, 2019)

My family recipe for Angel Hair with Red Sauce & Turkey Meatballs is my Sweet Grandmother Josie’s Italian-American recipe and it’s been totally revamped and modified.  The recipe has become the Healthy version of her delicious recipe. I have replaced the Sausage and Veal Meatballs with a lean Ground Turkey instead of frying our Meatballs in olive oil we have baked them to cut fat content.

A while back, I started becoming slightly ill whenever eating beef and pork more than once a week I have discovered I can eat it in moderation. Most days choose not to try my luck. It has changed my eating habits and many recipes drastically over the last year. I mainly eat Fish, Seafood, Chicken and sometimes Turkey products. I have found not only did I start feeling better  I started shedding a few pounds.

Angel Hair with Turkey Meatballs

I can promise you that though this recipe has been drastically modified from Grandma Josie’s original it definitely does not lack flavor or taste. I think that says a lot for this ex-Beef lover to enjoy it just as much as the old recipe by my beloved grandmother Josie.


Angel Hair with Red Sauce & Turkey Meatballs
  • 1  and  1/2  pounds ground lean turkey
  • 4  garlic cloves, minced
  • 2  egg whites
  • 1/2 cup shredded Romano cheese
  • 1/2 cup dry breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
  • 1 and 1/2  teaspoons chopped fresh rosemary
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1  teaspoon Kosher salt
Directions for Turkey Meatballs
  1.  In a large food processor combine lean ground turkey, 2 egg whites, minced garlic, Romano cheese, bread crumbs, chopped parsley, chopped basil, oregano, crushed red pepper, Kosher salt, and cracked pepper.
  2. Pulse food processor initially to start incorporating ingredients, turn to a low setting and completely mix ingredients. Remove mixture from food processor. Form the meatballs about the size of a golf ball, and put on a clean dry lined cookie sheet or nonstick cookie sheet.
  3. The recipe should make approximately give or take 18-20 meatballs.
  4. Place in refrigerator till needed.


Homemade Red Sauce Ingredients
  • 1- 28-ounce can of organic crushed tomatoes
  • 1 -14.5- ounce can of organic diced tomatoes
  • 1 – 6-ounce can of organic tomato paste
  • 4 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 medium onion, finely diced
  • 1/2 cup Portobello mushrooms, roughly diced
  • 3 tablespoons Italian parsley, chopped finely
  • 2-3 tablespoons fresh basil
  • 1 teaspoon of kosher salt
  • 1 and 1/2 tablespoons of olive oil
Directions for Red Sauce
  1. In a large skillet over medium heat add olive oil and slightly heat. Add onion, minced garlic, red sweet peppers, green sweet peppers, Portobello mushrooms, and sauté for about 4 minutes or till softened. Remove from heat and set aside.
  2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  3. In a large saucepan over low heat add crushed tomatoes, diced tomatoes, and tomato paste. Stir to incorporate all ingredients until smooth.
  4. Add onion, minced garlic, Portobello mushrooms that have been sautéing. Stir to mix all ingredients.
  5. Add parsley, dried basil, dried Italian herb blend, dried oregano, kosher salt. Cook on low heat for 20 minutes stirring occasionally.
  6. While sauce is cooking, remove meatballs from refrigerator and place in preheated oven and cook for about 20 minutes. Remove from oven after 20 minutes and place in a red sauce that is cooking on low heat.
  7. Cook sauce on very low heat for about 45 minutes, stirring about every 5-7 minutes (careful not to break meatballs) Remove from heat.
  8. Using a slotted spoon remove meatballs and place in a serving bowl. Once meatballs are removed from sauce, place sauce in a serving bowl. Set both to side till pasta is ready.
Other ingredients needed
  • 12 – 16 ounces of uncooked pasta noodles, your brand
  • 1/4 cup of Freshly chopped basil
  • Romano cheese for topping, if desired
  • Olive oil
  • salt
Directions for Pasta and assembly
  1. Cook pasta using packages directions for al dente method in salted water.
  2. Drain noodles using a colander and then rinse noodles in hot water while still in the colander.
  3. Place the serving bowl of meatballs and sauce on the dinner table with pasta.
  4. In separate containers place chopped basil, cheese, and hot pepper flakes to top Angel Hair pasta and sauce.





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  • Reply
    Ronda Eagle
    June 27, 2014 at 12:38 am

    My daughter loves spaghetti and meatballs. I do try and make them healthier by using ground turkey or chicken. Pinning for later!

    • Reply
      Heidy L. McCallum
      June 27, 2014 at 1:44 am

      I have been avoiding red meats , this was a wonderful substitute!

  • Reply
    Stacy Bennet
    June 22, 2014 at 9:36 pm

    First off I love hearing about your family! Second off this recipe for Turkey Meatballs and pasta sounds to for for !

    • Reply
      Heidy L. McCallum
      June 22, 2014 at 9:41 pm

      Thanks Grandma Josie is a wonderful cook …I always love remaking her recipes!

  • Reply
    June 18, 2014 at 9:43 am

    Heidy, I love your re-make of your grandmother’s meatballs. It seems that these days we all have some type of issues with certain foods and re-making our favorite foods is the way to do. We don’t want to give up the comfort foods we remember and love. Thanks so much for sharing this delicious recipe, I will definitely try it.

    • Reply
      Heidy L. McCallum
      June 19, 2014 at 2:25 pm

      Healthy Angel Hair with Red Sauce & Turkey Meatballs has been a life savor of my favorite recipe of Grandma Josie’s. I was delighted when she actually said she loved it! Nothing like a compliment from your favorite inspiring cook!!

  • Reply
    Renee's Kitchen Adventures
    June 18, 2014 at 9:23 am

    Delicious comfort food!

    • Reply
      Heidy L. McCallum
      June 19, 2014 at 11:15 pm

      Thanks Renee I really appreciate you dropping by and the wonderful compliments on our Healthy Angel Hair with Red Sauce & Turkey Meatballs

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