Cavatappi Marinara w Baked Turkey Meatballs

35 minutes


6 servings

These simple-to-make, sneakily healthy meatballs in marinara are sure to become a family favorite. We went cavatappi because the cut holds the sauce while their namesake, whimsical corkscrew shape makes them a kid favorite.

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1 lb ground turkey
1/2 cup plain breadcrumbs
1/4 cup fine-grated Parmesan cheese
1 egg
1 1/2 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning blend
1 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1 jar marinara sauce
1 lb box cavatappi


Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or cooking spray-covered foil. Combine turkey, breadcrumbs, cheese, egg, dried herbs, and salt in a large bowl. Using a tablespoon to scoop, gently shape mixture into 24, 1 ½” meatballs. Place on prepared baking sheets. Bake in oven for approximately 15 minutes, shaking pan every 5 minutes to promote even browning.
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While meatballs are cooking, heat marinara sauce in a medium saucepan. When meatballs are lightly browned and cooked through, remove from the oven and stir them into sauce to coat and keep warm.
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Cook cavatappi according to package instructions and serve topped with meatballs and sauce.
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A dusting of fresh grated parmesan complements this dish beautifully!

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