Ricotta Turkey Meatballs with Chianti Sauce

Ricotta Turkey Meatballs with Chianti Sauce
Actress Ali Larter shows how to make guilt free meatballs with chianti sauce.

Ingredients: (Serves 4)

  • ½ cup finely minced onions
  • ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, peeled and minced
  • 2 ounces prosciutto, finely diced
  • ½ cup dry red wine
  • One 28-ounce can crushed San Marzano tomatoes
  • 1 cup beef broth

For Meatballs:

  • 2 pounds ground turkey
  • 1 cup fresh bread crumbs
  • ½ cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • 2/3 cup ricotta cheese
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 2 teaspoons fennel seeds
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon dried chili flakes
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • Parmigiano-Reggiano wedge

Ricotta Turkey Meatballs with Chianti Sauce - Home & Family


To make the chianti sauce:
1. Sauté minced onions in extra-virgin olive oil for 5 minutes, add 3 cloves of garlic and the prosciutto and continue to sauté for 1 more minute.

2. Add ½ cup wine and cook for 1 minute.

3. Add the crushed tomatoes and beef broth and simmer for 30 minutes.

To make the meatballs:
1. Preheat oven to 450°F. Lightly spray a baking sheet with cooking oil spray.

2. Place all the ingredients in a large bowl and mix together by hand.

3. Roll your meatballs, making 2-inch balls. Place them on the prepared baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes.

4. Remove the meatballs from the oven and add them to your Chianti sauce. Simmer for 15 minutes or until cooked through. Serve the meatballs with the cheese wedge and a grater on the table for your guests.

5. Substitute 1 pound beef and 1 pound pork for turkey if desired.

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