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Crock-Pot Italian Turkey Meatballs and Homemade Sauce

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Posted In:  Weight Watchers Recipes
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Preparation Time:  20 minutes
Cooking Time:  6 minutes
Course: main dish
Cusine: italian


Ingredients for Meatballs:

½ cup whole wheat bread crumbs made from ¾ of a piece of whole wheat bread, see step 1

1.25 pound package (20 ounces) ground turkey breast 93% lean

¼ cup Parmesan cheese, grated

1 egg

1 teaspoon garlic, minced

1 teaspoon salt

Fresh ground pepper to taste

Ingredients for Sauce:

2 cups onions, diced

1 teaspoon olive oil

1½ tablespoons garlic, minced

2 (28 oz) cans crushed tomatoes

2 teaspoons sugar

1 teaspoon dried oregano

¾ teaspoon salt and fresh ground pepper, to taste

¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes (add ⅛ teaspoon more if you like a bit of kick)



1. To make the bread crumbs: Toast bread. Place in blender and grind into crumbs. 

2In a large bowl, combine ground turkey, bread crumbs, cheese, egg, garlic, salt and pepper. Using clean hands, mix all the ingredients and form 24 small meatballs, about ⅛ cup each (2 tablespoons)

3. To cook onions: cook in microwave for 3-4 minutes to soften.

4. In a small, nonstick pan, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add garlic and sauté until light golden but not burned.

5.  Pour into crock-pot the garlic and oil, crushed tomatoes, softened onions, sugar, oregano, bay leaves, salt, pepper and red pepper flakes. Mix well. Drop meatballs into sauce, press them down to cover completely with sauce. Set crock-pot to low, about 6 hours or on high heat about 3 hours.

Makes 6 servings. Each serving, 4 meatballs and 1 cup sauce.
Note: There will be 1½ cups extra sauce for another use. This extra 1½ cup sauce has not been calculated in the Skinny Facts.

Weight Watchers (old points) 5
Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS 7

SKINNY FACTS: for 4 meatballs and 1 cup sauce
267 calories, 10g fat, 98mg chol, 25g prot, 23g carbs, 5g fiber, 356mg sod, 2g sugar
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