Quick Bean and Turkey Italian Meatballs Recipe - Allrecipes.com
Quick Bean and Turkey Italian Meatballs Recipe
  • READY IN 30 mins

Quick Bean and Turkey Italian Meatballs

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"A lighter version of Italian meatballs that go well with pasta. Serve with spaghetti and sauce or any other pasta."

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Original recipe makes 36 meatballs Change Servings
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  • PREP

    20 mins
  • COOK

    10 mins
  • READY IN

    30 mins

Directions

  1. Mash butter beans in a large mixing bowl. Add ground turkey, egg white, onion powder, garlic powder, salt, and pepper; stir until evenly mixed. Fold bread crumbs into mixture evenly.
  2. Form the mixture into 1-inch meatballs.
  3. Heat oil in a skillet over medium heat.
  4. Cook meatballs in hot oil until browned on all sides, 5 to 7 minutes. Cover the skillet and continue cooking until meatballs are no longer pink in the center, about 5 minutes more. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should read at least 165 degrees F (74 degrees C).
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Feb 12, 2013

I loved these and so did my family. I used extra lean ground chicken instead of turkey. And to my surprise I did have a can of butter beans which I have never used before in my life. I decided to "pulse" the beans through my food processor instead of mashing with a spoon because I did not want big pieces of bean skin in the meatballs. I also threw in 3 cloves of fresh garlic into the processor as well. I used a whole wheat Italian style bread crumb, added some dried parsley and some grated pecorino romano cheese for a more authentic Italian meatball taste. I baked these instead of fried and used my small cookie scoop to form the meatballs. These were so tasty and we just dipped them in some homemade marinara and ate them as is. Will def make again and its a great way to eat a leaner meatball and have that extra fiber added w/o the kids noticing. Thanks!

 
Most Helpful Critical Review
Jun 16, 2013

These were ok. I made half a recipe and may have accidentally put in a few too many beans, but the meatballs seemed a bit dry and starchy from the beans. I baked them in the oven as opposed to using the stove top, as another reviewer suggested. I served them with red sauce over linguine. It was okay, but the flavors didn't entirely gel.

 

15 Ratings

Apr 06, 2013

Delicious! I made these as written except I baked them for 20 minutes at 400 degrees instead of cooking in a skillet.

 
Feb 09, 2014

Great turkey meatball. Usually lean turkey creates a dry meatball but this recipe solves the problem with the beans and skillet cooking. The only substitute I made were uncooked oats for bread crumbs to remove some gluten.

 
Apr 25, 2013

Very good! I didn't have butter beans so I used great northern beans. Like the other reviewer, I put the beans in the food processor and added parmesan cheese, fresh herbs (parsley and basil), and garlic. Very tasty. My kids loved them.

 
May 25, 2014

I didn't put any bread crumbs in it, so I used a spoon to put some meat in he pan, but it was sooo delicious! Great idea to put the bean with the meat! I also used some Worcester sauce and some poultry seasoning mix.

 
Apr 08, 2014

These meatballs were delicious and so moist. The beans added an amazing flavor. I probably could have halved the recipe though because this made A LOT of meatballs.

 
Apr 05, 2014

I used garbanzo beans, but otherwise followed the recipe. Very good!

 

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Nutrition

  • Calories
  • 126 kcal
  • 6%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 8.1 g
  • 3%
  • Cholesterol
  • 35 mg
  • 12%
  • Fat
  • 5 g
  • 8%
  • Fiber
  • 1.4 g
  • 6%
  • Protein
  • 12.1 g
  • 24%
  • Sodium
  • 340 mg
  • 14%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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