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Turkey Meatballs in Tomato Sauce - Lean On Turkey

Sunday, 20 May 2012
This is my entry for the for the BritMums Lean on Turkey competition, sponsored by http://www.leanonturkey.co.uk/

You may remember that I blogged about the Lean On Turkey Campaign, you can read about it here.  If you want to try out some other fab turkey recipes check out Lean on Turkey which is all about inspiring families to use more fresh turkey in their weekly meals.

I've been challenged, along with some other bloggers, to create another recipe for the campaign so I decided to swap our usual homemade beef meatballs for turkey ones and cook them in a homemade tomato sauce. 

This is a delicious and inexpensive family dinner costing £4.97 to feed 7 people in total, made up of : 4 adults, a 12yo, a 9yo and a 5yo.  I purchased the ingredients from Asda on 20/05/12.  Here is the cost breakdown:

2 slices of homemade bread 5p
3 Tblsp milk 2p
2 Tblsp fresh oregano (from my garden) free
450g turkey mince £1.98
2 cloves of garlic 6p
1 pepper 30p
2 courgettes 54p
700g Extra Special Chunky Passata £1.28
500g spaghetti 24p
700g frozen mixed vegetables 50p

Here's the recipe:

Turkey Meatballs in Tomato Sauce

2 slices stale bread
3 or 4 Tblsp milk
450g turkey mince
2 Tblsp finely chopped fresh oregano or 2 tsp dried
1 Tblsp oil
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1 onion, finely chopped
1 pepper, diced (any colour will do)
2 courgettes, diced
700g bottle tomato passata
Spaghetti and mixed vegetable, to serve

Preheat your oven to 190C/170C Fan/

Rip the two slices of bread into small pieces and put into a bowl. Add the milk and squidge the mixture together so the bread gets soggy.

Add the turkey mince and half the oregano then season with salt and pepper.

Mix together well with your hands and form into meatballs.  I got 18 large meatballs out of the mixture.

Put the meatballs into an ovenproof dish big enough to hold all the meatballs in one layer. Heat the oil in a large non-stick pan, then sweat off the onions and garlic.

Add the pepper and courgettes and sauté for about 5 mins until the peppers start to soften. Pour in the passata and the remaining oregano. Cook uncovered for about 10 minutes until the sauce begins to thicken.

Put the meatballs in the oven for 10minutes to brown.

Take the meatballs out of the oven, pour over the sauce, then return to the oven for another 15 minutes.

Whilst the meatballs are in the oven you can cook the spaghetti according to the packet instructions along with whatever vegetables you would like to serve with the dish.

To serve, spoon the meatballs and sauce over the pasta and add cooked vegetables on the side.

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