These tender Low FODMAP Turkey Meatballs are slowly cooked in tomato sauce, which will save you up dirty dishes and unnecessary oven (or frying) time. And they will be equally healthy and even more tasty, due to the simmering process. An easy one-pan recipe for a comforting family dinner!
This turkey meatballs recipe is actually inspired by one of my family’s staple recipes! I used to eat these yummy meatballs often when I was a kid, over spaghetti or white rice. It is a healthier alternative to the usual beef (or beef-veal-pork combination), with some added veggies instead of grated cheese.
This recipe calls for 6 basic ingredients but is quite versatile too. Check out my suggestion below:
One recipe, different options
- Ground turkey OR ground chicken
- Grated carrots OR grated parsnip
- Low FODMAP breadcrumbs* OR rolled oats
- Fresh parsley OR scallion green tops
- Homemade quick tomato sauce OR this store-bought low FODMAP marinara sauce
- Serve them over low FODMAP spaghetti OR in a meatball low FODMAP sub.
How to make low FODMAP breadcrumbs*?
Low FODMAP breadcrumbs are simple to make and versatile for all your low FODMAP cooking needs!
What do you need?
- 5 to 10 dried-out low FODMAP bread slices
- Your favorite low FODMAP bread OR
- My favorite low FODMAP bread
Directions with dried-out bread
Pulse chunks of low FODMAP dried-out bread slices in a food processor until you have coarse crumbs.
If you don’t have dried-out bread
Spread your bread slices in a single layer onto a baking sheet. Bake at 300ºF | 150ºC for about 10-15 minutes or until slices are toasted and dry but not browned – flipping sides half way through baking. Remove slices from oven and allow them to cool. Break up the slices into smaller pieces and pulse them in a food processor, until you have coarse crumbs. Use them in the recipe and store the rest in a jar for several months. You can also store breadcrumbs in a plastic ziplock bag and freeze.
And if you find this too complicated, you can use rolled oats instead. These low FODMAP Turkey Meatballs will be as tasty and tender.
Low FODMAP Turkey Meatballs in Tomato Sauce
- 0,5 lb | 225g ground turkey
- 2,64 oz | 75g carrots grated
- 1,75 oz | 50g low FODMAP breadcrumbs
- 1 egg
- 3 tbsp fresh parsley chopped
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp black pepper optional
- 1/2 tsp cumin optional
For the tomato sauce
- 9,7 oz | 275g canned whole peeled tomatoes diced
- 4 tbsp garlic infused olive oil or regular
- 6 tbsp water
- 1/2 tsp dried oregano
- 1/2 tsp dried basil
- 1/2 tsp salt
- In a bowl combine all meatball ingredients (turkey, carrots, breadcrumbs, egg, salt and spices) and mix them well with your hands.
- Divide the mixture into 9 equally sized meatballs and set aside. You can place them in the fridge until you complete the next step but it's not mandatory.
- in a large, non-stick skillet with lid, heat olive oil and add in tomatoes and water. Cover and let cook for 5 minutes in medium-high heat.
- Place meatballs in sauce in a single layer. Bring sauce to a low simmer, cover, and cook meatballs for 25 to 30 minutes, gently turning each one every 10 minutes.
- Serve them over spaghetti or stuff them into a sandwich.