Spinach & Cheese Stuffed Turkey Meatballs


  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • ½ cup small diced onions
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 tbsp. bread crumbs
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tbsp.grated parmesan cheese
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ¼ tsp. ground pepper
  • 8 oz. cooked, seasoned spinach
  • 8 oz. shredded mozzarella cheese or as needed
  • 28 oz. diced tomatoes drained of juice
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • ½ cup minced onion
  • 1 tsp. Italian herbs
  • 2 leaves fresh basil, shredded
  • Salt and ground pepper to taste
Spinach and Cheese Stuffed Turkey Meatballs


    1. Preheat oven to 400ºF.
    2. In saucepan, sauté ½ cup diced onion, 1 clove minced garlic in 1 tbsp. olive oil until tender. Scrape into a large bowl. Add the ground turkey, breadcrumbs, 1 egg, parmesan cheese, salt and pepper. Mix together until all comes together.
    3. Using a ¼ cup measuring cup, pack it full of the turkey mixture. Dump it out, and while holding it in one hand, flatten to a disk that is about ¼” thick.
    4. In the center of the disk, put 1 tsp. grated mozzarella cheese, and 1 tbsp. cooked spinach.
    5. Carefully fold up meat, and shape into a ball, keeping the cheese and spinach in the middle. Repeat until all meat, mozzarella, and spinach has been used.
    6. In the bottom of a 9X12 pan combine drained tomatoes, 2 clove minced garlic, ½ cup minced onions, Italian herbs and fresh basil. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
    7. Place the meatballs on the tomatoes, spreading them as far apart as possible.
    8. Roast for approximately 30 minutes, or until the internal temperature of the meatball is at least 165ºF.

    Yields approximately 12 large stuffed meatballs and 3 cups of roasted tomatoes

    ©2020 Chef Jennifer M. Denlinger www.FloridaChef.net