Sicilian turkey meatballs and pasta recipe

By Angela Boggiano

  1. Serves 4
  2. Ready in 25 minutes
  3. Rating

This Italian family favourite with meatballs and pasta costs a mere £3 to make.

tried and tested
Sicilian turkey meatballs and pasta


  1. 500g turkey mince
  2. 50g fresh breadcrumbs
  3. 50g sultanas or raisins
  4. 1 garlic clove, crushed
  5. Zest of 1 lemon
  6. Pinch of dried chilli flakes
  7. Small bunch of fresh flatleaf parsley, leaves chopped
  8. 1 tbsp olive oil
  9. 250ml chicken stock, hot
  10. 350g dried spaghetti


  1. 1. Combine the turkey in a bowl with the breadcrumbs, dried fruit, garlic, lemon zest, chilli, half the parsley and plenty of seasoning. Form into about 20 small meatballs.
  2. 2. Heat the oil in a large frying pan and add the meatballs. Cook for about 4 minutes, turning frequently, until golden. Add the stock and turn up the heat. Simmer briskly for 5 minutes, until the stock is reduced by half. Turn off the heat.
  3. 3. Meanwhile, cook the spaghetti according to the pack instructions. Drain the pasta and add to the frying pan with the remaining parsley. Season, toss well and serve.

Nutritional info

Per serving: 549kcals, 6.2g fat (1.1g saturated), 45.5g protein, 83.9g carbs, 11.6g sugar, 0.7g salt

Chef's tip

Try using lean pork mince and the leaves from a few fresh thyme sprigs instead. To freeze: Freeze at the end of step 2 for up to 3 months. Thaw, reheat until piping hot and finish the recipe.


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May 5

This is lovely. I didn't have any parsley so used basil instead. The lemon is perfect.


March 19

I disagree with you Jinxyjo, I loved the fresh zingyness of the lemon, it lightened an otherwise heavy dish. Keep up the good work delicious!


March 14

This was just wrong wrong wrong! the lemon was the worst idea! everyone in my house hated it! without the lemon - perfect!

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