Cavatappi Marinara w Baked Turkey Meatballs

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Cavatappi Marinara w Baked Turkey Meatballs

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.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Main Course, Main Dish
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 6 servings


  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • ½ cup plain breadcrumbs
  • ¼ cup fine-grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/2 tsp dried Italian seasoning blend
  • 1 1/2 tsp 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.
  • 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.
  • Cook cavatappi according to package instructions and serve topped with meatballs and sauce.


A dusting of fresh grated parmesan complements this dish beautifully!

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