Quick Bean and Turkey Italian Meatballs

Quick Bean and Turkey Italian Meatballs

Susan Quinn

"A lighter version of Italian meatballs that go well with pasta. Serve with spaghetti and sauce or any other pasta."
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30 m servings 126 cals
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Original recipe yields 12 servings


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

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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Nutritional Information

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Amount Per Serving
  • * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  • ** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.
  • (-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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  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).


  • Tip
  • Aluminum foil helps keep food moist, ensures it cooks evenly, keeps leftovers fresh, and makes clean-up easy.


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  1. 33 Ratings

Most helpful positive review

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 t...

Most helpful critical review

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 u...

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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 t...

Delicious! I made these as written except I baked them for 20 minutes at 400 degrees instead of cooking in a skillet. UPDATE: These freeze beautifully! I just cook a double or triple batch ...

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 ...

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), a...

These are amazing. We just found out my husband is allergic to beef, pork & lamb - what a fantastic alternative to use ground turkey in this recipe! I took another person's suggestion to bake...

Great recipe! I used cannellini beans and food processed like others, also added finely diced onion since I had no powder and some parm cheese. I was very skeptical looking at the mix since I've...

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

This recipe is fantastic and a "do-over" in our family! My kids loved it. I used crackers because I didn't have bread crumbs. I also used great northern beans because I didn't have butter bea...

My family loved this recipe! I didn't have butter beans so I used navy beans and my daughter has celiac disease(no gluten) so I left out the bread crumbs but substituted oatmeal. Will be adding ...

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