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Gluten free turkey meatballs served on pasta.
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Healthy Turkey Meatballs

Healthy turkey meatballs made gluten free with ground brown rice crackers. These easy to make meatballs are browned in a pan, and then slow simmered in a homemade basil marinara sauce. Serve with pasta, rice, or spiralized vegetable noodles!
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time1 hr 10 mins
Total Time1 hr 40 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 191kcal


Turkey Meatballs

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 pounds ground turkey
  • 3/4 cup brown rice crackers ground into crumbs
  • 1/4 cup onion finely minced
  • 1/2 cup parsley chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 tablespoons coconut aminos
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • black pepper to taste

Basil Marinara

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 28 ounce cans crushed tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon oregano
  • pinch red pepper flakes
  • 1/3 cup fresh basil chopped


  • Grind rice crackers in a blender to form gluten free bread crumbs, or sub your favorite bread crumbs.
  • In a large bowl, add ground turkey, and all other meatball ingredients, except olive oil. Stir well to combine.
  • Scoop out turkey to form large meatballs, rolling them between palms to make the edges smooth and even.
  • On the Sharp Induction Cooktop, place a heavy skillet on a cooking zone, and turn on to level 7. Drizzle the pan with olive oil.
  • Add all turkey meatballs to the skillet, and allow to brown. Roll over and brown on the other side, then remove meatballs from the pan.
  • Add the other 2 tablespoons of olive oil, and the minced garlic. Saute the garlic for 3-4 minutes to soften.
  • Add the tomatoes, salt, oregano, and red chili flakes, and reduce the cooking heat to 3 to activate the simmer enhancer.
  • Add the turkey meatballs back into the pan, and simmer in the sauce for 1 hour. Reduce the cooking heat to 2, or add water to thin, if necessary.



Calories: 191kcal