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

5 5

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!

4 5

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