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Noni’s Meatballs

Updated: Mar 21, 2023



Years ago for some reason, I decided to make meatballs out of ground turkey instead of ground beef, veal, and pork. Why? I don't know, I was probably on some health kick. Wow am I so GLAD I did, these are so much lighter than a traditional meatball and yes they are healthier, but the flavor in my mind is just better. My family loves them so this is the only way I make them now.


You will need:

1 lb ground turkey ( do NOT get all white meat)

1 egg

1 cup of seasoned panko bread crumbs

4 garlic cloves

Handful of parsley

Slice of red onion

Tbsp of olive oil

Splash of red wine if you have some open ( if you don't open some anyway and you can use this recipe as an excuse to have a glass or two…like you need one )

Tsp of salt and a tsp of pepper

Cooking spray ( I used avocado as it browns nicely, but any kind is fine)


Finely chop the garlic, onion, and parsley and put them in a large bowl. Add the egg, olive oil, salt, and pepper. Mix with a spoon, then add the bread crumbs. Mix until combined then add the ground turkey. Using your hands knead everything until fully mixed.


Heat the air fryer on bake setting at 375. Line the baking sheets with foil. Make golf ball size meatballs, spray the cooking on your hands, and roll them into balls, placing each on the foil-lined pans. Bake for 20 minutes IMPORTANT, switch the trays at 10 minutes. I even lowered the temp to 350 for the last few minutes.

Look at how brown and luscious these are, without having frying in oil. I serve these with my Sunday Sauce, but I will tell you Rao’s “Homemade Marina” is pretty good for jarred sauce. You heard it right here from this Italian girl but I'll deny saying it.


Mangia Y'all!

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