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Matt’s Famous Italian Turkey Meatballs

This recipe for Matt's Famous Italian Turkey Meatballs is a classic and simple Whole30 compliant dinner!

This recipe for Matt's Famous Italian Turkey Meatballs is a classic and simple Whole30 compliant dinner!

Can I just say for a minute that you guys are CRUSHING IT!  Tons of you are Whole30ing this month or just trying to cook healthy meals at home and that is amazing.  I am a fan of January resolutions but as you might know by now – I am pregnant and loving/ needing all the carbs!  So although I am not doing a Whole30 I am making an effort to get back in the kitchen after a rough first trimester filled with lots of takeout.  So of course we are sticking to recipes we know and love best.  This turkey meatball recipe has been on repeat in our house for years, and I have never shared the recipe – shame on me!  I call them “Matt’s Famous Italian Turkey Meatballs” because usually Matt (the hubs) is the one making these.

A long time he wanted meatballs during our first Whole30 so I said okay can you make them?  I just told him to use some almond flour and egg and whatever seasonings he wanted.  That night we had the best meatballs EVER and I tasked him with making them every time we wanted meatballs.  Now he takes great pride in his epic recipe and I managed to get him to share his secrets with us!  It is super simple and utilizes that spice rack beautifully.  Not too much, not too little, just enough flavor without being complicated.  I think these are going to become a usual rotation in your kitchen very soon! I usually serve them with just some roasted veggies but they are also great on spiralized zucchini or sweet potatoes!  And of course always top with a good marinara sauce too!

This recipe for Matt's Famous Italian Turkey Meatballs is a classic and simple Whole30 compliant dinner!

The most simple and best meal we have!

This recipe for Matt's Famous Italian Turkey Meatballs is a classic and simple Whole30 compliant dinner!

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This recipe for Matt's Famous Italian Turkey Meatballs is a classic and simple Whole30 compliant dinner!

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Matt’s Famous Italian Turkey Meatballs

5 from 5 reviews

  • Author: Kelsey

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ cup almond flour
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon ground fennel
  • ½ teaspoon dried basil
  • ½ teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

Optional topping:

  • Marinara sauce!

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • In a large bowl combine all of the ingredients and mix together with your clean hands so all of the ingredients get combined completely evenly. Try not to overmix too much.
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or foil.  Scoop meat into balls until you form around 16-18 balls. Space them out evenly so they aren’t touching each other.
  • Place the pan in the oven for 16 minutes.
  • Remove and enjoy with some marinara sauce and roasted veggies!
20 replies
  1. Lisa F says:

    I cannot wait to try this recipe, it looks sooooo simple, thank you! I showed it to m y 15-year-old Son Josh, who is into healthy eating and he said: “Make a lot Mom…I’m warning you, they sound amazing amazing!!” Thank you so much, mama Kelsey (and Matt)!!!!!

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  2. Lisa says:

    Hi! Any thoughts on a nut free replacement for almond flour that is still paleo? Severe nut allergy in this family. And, congratulations!!!

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  3. Julie Ragains says:

    I made these tonight and served them over roasted shredded brussels with kalamata olives. I topped everything off with Arribiatta sauce and dannnnnng. This was one of the best meals I’ve made in awhile. SO SO GOOD!

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  4. Carrie says:

    I have these in my oven right now and they smell delicious! Is there a certain brand/specific fat % ground turkey that yields the best results for meatballs? I used organic ground turkey from my local Costco and it was sticky and difficult to roll/work with! What am I doing wrong? Thanks ☺

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  5. Madeline says:

    Really want to make these this week, but I’m missing the tomato paste! I really don’t want to have to go back to the store (I live in the country!). Any chance I could leave out the tomato paste and they would still work?!

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  6. Keisha says:

    Really enjoyed these! Even my 2 year old! Will definitely be making these again. I did use coconut flour instead of almond, and fennel essential oil, because that’s what I had.

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  7. Kacey Holley says:

    Made these this weekend and had a great whole30 spaghettis dinner (Used butternut squash in place of noodles). I made a double batch to freeze for later… How would you go about reheating these bad boys for lunch or another dinner?

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  8. Julianna McDuffie says:

    I have been craving something full of flavor, Italian, but healthy and these were absolutely delicious!!

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  9. Ashley says:

    My teenagers LOVED these! They are “healthy food” haters. Next time I’ll make a double batch so I can have leftovers for lunch.

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  10. Kassie says:

    Perfect consistency and packed with flavor! Have made these twice now and eat them with spaghetti squash and it’s terrific!

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