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Penne Marinara w Baked Turkey Meatballs

This super simple to toss together dinner is sneakily healthy thanks to baked turkey meatballs. Whip up a double batch over the weekend and freeze half for a busy weeknight supper.
Course Main Course, Main Dish
Cuisine American, Italian
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 8 servings


  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • ½ cup plain breadcrumbs
  • ¼ cup fine-grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 egg
  • 1 ½ tsp no-salt Italian seasoning or other Italian dried herbs
  • 2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 jar marinara sauce
  • 1 box penne


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or cooking spray-covered foil.
  • Combine turkey, breadcrumbs, cheese, egg, Italian seasoning, 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 pasta according to package instructions and serve topped with meatballs and sauce.