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A Fun Spin on Spaghetti and Meatballs

Mini Turkey Meatballs With Wagon Wheel Pasta

Amy Klein


I have been so lucky to partner with the amazing women of Revolution Foods. (If you don't know their story, check them out online at Since their executive chef Amy Klein can pretty much get children eating anything, I asked her to share a few of her recipes. Here's one of them:

A Fun Spin on Spaghetti and Meatballs


  1. 12 ounces uncooked wagon wheel pasta
    1/2 cup fresh whole-wheat breadcrumbs
    1/4 cup 1% low-fat milk
    1 1/4 pounds 97% lean ground turkey
    1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
    1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil
    2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
    1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
    1/2 teaspoon ground fennel seed, crushed
    1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
    1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
    2 garlic cloves, minced
    1/2 cup water
    1 (25-1/2-ounce) jar organic pasta sauce
    1/2 cup (2 ounces) finely shredded fresh Parmesan cheese


  1. Prepare pasta according to package directions, omitting salt and fat. Drain and place in a large bowl; keep warm.
  2. While pasta cooks, combine breadcrumbs and milk. Let stand 5 minutes; squeeze out excess milk, and place in a large bowl. Add turkey, parsley, basil, 1 tablespoon oil, and next 5 ingredients (through garlic). Shape meat mixture into 48 (1-inch) balls.
  3. Heat remaining 1 tablespoon oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add half of meatballs to pan. Cook 1 to 2 minutes on each side or until browned. Remove from pan; keep warm. Repeat procedure with remaining meat mixture. Return all meatballs to pan. Stir in 1/2 cup water, scraping pan to loosen browned bits. Stir in pasta sauce; cook, uncovered, over medium-high heat for an additional 3 minutes. Pour over pasta, tossing to coat. Sprinkle with cheese.

Amanda Haas is a cookbook author, cooking video host, and the founder of One Family One Meal, a website that helps families menu plan, grocery shop, and cook on a budget. Her cookbook, Real Family Food, features this and other delicious family-friendly recipes, as well as simple tips for bringing your family together around the table and a strategy for meal planning, budgeting, and shopping.

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