Penne With Turkey Meatballs

Total Time
2hrs 30mins
Prep 30 mins
Cook 2 hrs

Recipe courtesy of Giada De Laurentis show.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a large bowl add bread crumbs, milk and mix until well combined.
  2. Mix in eggs and 1/2 cup Romano cheese and mix well.
  3. Add turkey and gently combine, being careful not to overwork the meat.
  4. Season with salt and pepper.
  5. Shape into golf-size balls.
  6. In a large skillet heat the oil over medium heat.
  7. When almost smoking, add meatballs and without moving or turning the meat allow it to brown for about 3 minutes.
  8. Turn meatballs and brown other side.
  9. Continue to cook until all sides are golden brown.
  10. Add tomato sauce and bring to a boil.
  11. Lower heat and allow meatballs to simmer for 5 minutes.
  12. Turn off heat and keep warm on stove, be careful not to overhandle the meatballs since they are soft and fragile.
  13. In a large pot, bring 6 quarts of salted water to boil.
  14. Add pasta and cook until al dente, about 8 minutes.
  15. Drain pasta, do not rinse pasta with water.
  16. Remove meatballs from sauce and place in serving bowl.
  17. Pour some tomato sauce over meatballs, leaving 1 cup sauce in skillet.
  18. Place the cooked penne into the skillet with the remaining sauce and toss well.
  19. Pour pasta into a large serving bowl and serve alongside of meatballs.
Most Helpful

I made this meal using my own homemade tomato sauce and gnocchi instead of penne. I also diced up some sun-dried tomatoes and added them to the meatball mixture. They turned out moist and absolutely delicious. I've never made one of Giada's recipes and disliked it. Thanks for posting!

bricookie55 December 03, 2007

I bought ground turkey for something different, and then doctored this up with some parsley, basil an thyme, and it came out great.

BlondeChick80 October 09, 2007