Mediterranean Turkey Meatballs and Gemelli

with tomato sauce and feta

Prep & Cook Time: 50-60 min.

Cook Within: 5 days

Difficulty Level: Easy

Spice Level: Not Spicy

Contains: Milk, Wheat

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This may sound super fancy (gemelli! Mediterranean!) but don't let our wordplay exhaust you. All this is is a yummy bowl of pasta, meatballs and tomato sauce, filled to the brim with flavor and, yes, comfort, easy enough to make on the toughest of weeknights. The dill crema and feta garnishing at the end are just the cherries on top.

In Your Box (serves 2)

  • Info
    1 oz. Feta Cheese Crumbles
  • Info
    6 oz. Gemelli Pasta
  • ½ tsp. Garlic Salt
  • Info
    1 oz. Roasted Garlic & Herb Butter
  • 8 fl. oz. Tomato Sauce
  • 1 Red Onion
  • 2 Dill Sprigs
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    ¼ cup Italian Panko Blend
  • 12 oz. Ground Turkey

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Recipe Steps

You Will Need

  • Olive Oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 1 Colander
  • 1 Medium Pot
  • 1 Mixing Bowl
  • 1 Large Non-Stick Pan

Before You Cook

Cooking Guidelines

To ensure food safety, the FDA recommends the following as minimum internal cooking temperatures:

  • Steak and Pork 145° F (rest cooked meat, 3 minutes) |
  • Seafood 145° F |
  • Chicken 165° F |
  • Ground Beef 160° F |
  • Ground Turkey 165° F |
  • Ground Pork 160° F

Customize It Instructions

  • If using ground beef, or ground pork follow same instructions as ground turkey in Steps 1, 3, and 5. Add meatballs to hot pan and stir occasionally until browned all over and meatballs reach a minimum internal temperature of 160 degrees, 10-14 minutes.

  1. 1

    Prepare Ingredients and Make Dill Crema

    Stem and coarsely chop dill. Halve and peel onion. Slice halves into thin strips. In a mixing bowl, combine ground turkey, panko, half the garlic salt (reserve remaining for sauce), and a pinch of pepper. Form into eight equally-sized meatballs.

    [BETA: new photo w/ no dill sauce, included prepped dill and half the garlic salt on side]

  2. 2

    Cook the Pasta

    Once water is boiling, add pasta and cook until al dente, 12-13 minutes. Reserve ¼ cup pasta cooking water. Drain pasta in a colander and set aside. While pasta cooks, cook meatballs.

  3. 3

    Cook the Meatballs

    Place a large non-stick pan over medium heat and add 2 tsp. olive oil. Add meatballs to hot pan and stir occasionally until browned all over and meatballs reach a minimum internal temperature of 165 degrees, 11-13 minutes. Remove from burner and transfer meatballs to a plate. Reserve pan; no need to wipe clean.

  4. 4

    Make the Sauce

    Return pan used to cook meatballs to medium heat and add 2 tsp. olive oil. Add onion and remaining garlic salt to hot pan and stir occasionally until tender and lightly browned, 6-8 minutes. Add tomato sauce, half the pasta cooking water (reserve remaining for adjusting sauce later), and a pinch of salt. Bring to simmer.

  5. 5

    Finish the Dish

    Once simmering, add meatballs, pasta, and butter. Stir until butter is melted and combined. If too thick, add remaining pasta cooking water, 1 Tbsp. at a time, until desired consistency is reached. Remove from burner. Plate dish as pictured on front of card, topping pasta with feta and dill. Bon appétit!

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