• Dolores Alfieri Taranto

Turkey Meatballs in a White Bean Sauce


I love a nice hearty dish that is also full of clean ingredients that give your body what it needs. In this dish, the lean turkey is full of protein, the beans pack protein and fiber, too, while adding bone broth gives you collagen, protein, and takes care of your gut health. All while being delicious. Serve with a crisp red wine, and you'll be a dinner hero.

What you need

  • two cloves of garlic

  • one small to medium onion

  • two tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil

  • one 14 ounce can of diced tomatoes

  • one cup of bone broth or chicken broth

  • one can of cannellini beans, rinsed

  • quarter cup of red wine

  • sixteen ounces (about a pound and a half) ground turkey

  • one tablespoon chopped parsley or cilantro

  • one egg

  • salt, pepper, and garlic powder to taste


Preheat oven to 375 degrees.


Prepare the beans

  1. Dice the onion and garlic.

  2. In a medium stock pot, heat up the olive oil.

  3. Add the onion and garlic and saute on medium-high heat until the onions are soft and garlic is browned.

  4. Add the tomato, salt, pepper, and garlic to taste and let simmer for five to six minutes.

  5. Add the broth.

  6. Simmer for four to five minutes. If the mixture looks thick, add more broth or a bit of water to loosen, so that it looks something between a soup and a stew.

  7. Lower heat and simmer on low, stirring occasionally, while you prepare the meatballs.

  8. When the meatballs are in the oven, add the beans to the pot, along with more spices to taste.

  9. Add the wine.

  10. Cover and continue to simmer while meatballs bake.

Prepare the meatballs

  1. In a medium bowl, add the turkey, egg, parsley or cilantro, salt, pepper, and garlic powder to taste.

  2. Mix well.

  3. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

  4. Roll into three inch balls between the palm of your hands, placing the meatballs onto the tray.

  5. Bake at 375 degrees for ten minutes, cooking the meatballs part way.

  6. Add the partly cooked meatballs to the pot so they can cook the rest of the way in the beans.

  7. Cover the pot. Turn up the heat just a little, and let simmer for approximately five to ten minutes, or until the center of the meatball is no longer pink.

  8. Serve by spooning the beans into a shallow bowl, topping with meatballs.

buon appetito!



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