Living By Design 201 Food Photos Pucker Up Pie Spaghetti and Turkey Meatballs

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Learn the secret behind moist meatballs that won’t fall apart with the help of Jake Smollett’s spaghetti and turkey meatballs recipe.


  • Meatballs Ingredients
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 20-25 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ medium onion, minced
  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 1 pound hot Italian turkey sausage
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano
  • ½ teaspoon chili flakes
  • ½ cup panko breadcrumbs
  • ½ cup parmesan cheese
  • 1 tablespoon caper juice
  • ½ cup tomato paste
  • Kosher salt to taste
  • Splash of cold water
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  • Sauce Ingredients
  • Olive oil
  • 15 cloves garlic, rough chopped
  • Kosher salt to taste
  • 1 tablespoon dried basil
  • 1 ½ tablespoons dried oregano
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh oregano
  • 3/4 cup white wine
  • 18 Roma tomatoes, halved lengthwise and pureed
  • 6 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 3 green onions thinly sliced
  • ¼ cup fresh basil, chopped
  • 1 pound spaghetti
  • Chopped parsley for garnish
  • Chopped basil for garnish
  • Parmesan cheese for grating


Heat butter in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the garlic and onion and sweat until the onions are translucent and soft. Let the mixture cool. In a large bowl, mix the ground turkey and turkey sausage. Add the garlic and onion mixture and stir to combine. Add the dried basil, dried oregano, fresh oregano, chili flakes, breadcrumbs, parmesan cheese, caper juice, tomato paste, kosher salt, and a splash of cold water, and stir to incorporate evenly. Roll the meatballs into one-inch balls and place them on a sheet tray. Place into a 350-degree oven for about 5 minutes, so they don’t dry out. In the meantime, make the sauce. Heat a large cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat with olive oil. Add the garlic, salt, dried basil, dried oregano, fresh oregano, and mix to toast in the oil. Pour in the white wine and reduce cooking out the alcohol. Then add in the fresh pureed tomatoes (they should be smooth). The sauce looks a little thin and pink at first, but it will cook down to a thick red sauce. Add the tomato paste, green onions, and fresh basil and incorporate into the sauce. Allow the sauce to reduce down. Add the partially cooked meatballs into the sauce and continue to cook until the meatballs are cooked through. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and add the spaghetti and a drizzle of olive oil. Cook until desired doneness and drain. Toss in olive oil before mixing it into the sauce (optional). Sprinkle the spaghetti with chopped parsley and serve with the sauce and meatballs. Garnish with more parsley, basil, and parmesan cheese.