Turkey Ricotta Meatballs



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Ricotta cheese is the “secret ingredient” in these turkey meatballs to keep them ultra moist! Healthy, and delicious!

I’m SO excited to share this recipe with you today, because for the first time, I found a turkey recipe that didn’t leave me thinking, “this would’ve been better with beef!” Meet these little Turkey-Ricotta Meatballs. The ricotta cheese is the “secret ingredient” in these meatballs to keep them ultra moist. I HATE ricotta cheese when it’s used in things like lasagna, so I was skeptical, but you do not taste the ricotta. The meatballs are simply moist, flavorful, and delicious.

turkey ricotta meatballs

Once again, as with the Tomato Basil Chicken I made last week, I was able to snip some fresh basil and parsley from my backyard. I just LOVE being able to use my own herbs when I cook! The basil and parsley adds such flavor to these meatballs that’s unbeatable. I ADORED this recipe, and I’m certain you will too.

Notes: These meatballs are delicious in several forms. You could serve them Italian style with some pasta and marinara sauce, but they’d also be great on meatball subs with some fresh mozzarella! Additionally, you could also use them in stroganoff type recipes. They are SO versatile, and heat up well as leftovers!

UPDATE: A commenter asked about freezing the meatballs which was a great question, and many of you can benefit from the answer. You can definitely freeze these meatballs. Just cook them according to directions, and allow them to cool completely. Place them on a baking sheet making sure that they don’t touch and freeze them for about an hour or so. Then place the frozen meatballs in an air tight container (sometimes I use ziplock freezer bags for stuff like this) and store in the freezer for up to 3 months. When you want to eat them, thaw them in the fridge completely, then bake in the oven for about 20 minutes at 375 degrees.

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Turkey Ricotta Meatballs

Ricotta cheese is the "secret ingredient" in these turkey ricotta meatballs to keep them ultra moist! Healthy, and delicious!
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes


  • 1 pound lean ground turkey
  • ½ cup part-skim ricotta cheese
  • ½ cup dry Italian bread crumbs
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh basil
  • 2 Tablespoons chopped fresh flat leaf parsley
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper


  • Pre-heat your oven to 375 degrees.
  • In a large bowl, combine ground turkey with ricotta cheese, bread crumbs, egg, basil, parsley, salt, and pepper. Use your (clean!) hands to mix all the ingredients together.
  • Divide the meat mixture into 18 meatballs.
  • Heat a large non-stick skillet to medium-high heat and spray the bottom with cooking spray.  Brown the meatballs for a few minutes on each side. You may need to brown the meatballs in batches. The goal here is not to cook them entirely, you just want to brown them.
  • Coat a large rimmed baking sheet with cooking spray and transfer the meatballs to the pan.
  • Bake the meatballs in the oven for about 15 minutes, or until done.
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Turkey meatballs

Hi, I’m Ashley & I’m so happy you’re here!

Ashley is the founder of CenterCutCook and a former teacher that now spends her days in the kitchen so that she can share her favorite recipes with you!