When the weather is dreary and the day has been long I love to serve my family a good, hot meal of real comfort food. I try to sneak in healthy recipes whenever I can. Here is my recipe for goulash with meatballs.
This version is made healthier by using reduced-sodium canned tomatoes and ground turkey.
The mixture can either be mixed via a goulash or layered on top of Penne for an Italian-inspired meatballs and pasta effect.
You can try using it as an appetizer, like what we do with our sweet and tangy meatballs!
Looking for more healthier alternatives using ground turkey? Try our balsamic meatloaf, a delicious update to this comfort food classic.
A quick and hearty wintertime family meal.
- 1/2 lb Penne pasta
- 1 15 oz can reduced sodium stewed diced tomatoes Italian style
- 1 lb ground turkey
- 2 Tablespoons olive oil
- Seasoned bread crumbs
- 1 egg slightly beaten
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon oregano (dried)
- pinch Basil (dried )
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Mix meat, egg, a handful of bread crumbs, salt, pepper, and oregano. Mixture should stick together and form balls but should not be too dry, if too dry add a little juice from the tomatoes.
- Form mixture into balls. Pour oil into skillet and heat over medium heat until hot, place meatballs into skillet one at a time and brown them on all sides, they should still be pink in the middle.
- Remove meatballs and place in baking dish, cover with foil and place in oven. Allow to cook while preparing pasta.
- Prepare pasta according to package directions. Drain pasta and add tomatoes including the juice. Toss pasta until coated. Add meatballs and toss again, if there seems to be too much tomato juice, allow to cook, uncovered, on stove top over low heat until most of the liquid is gone. Serve with green salad.
If you are looking for easy, healthy recipes you should give this one a try.
About Lynne Jaques
Lynne is a stay-at-home mother of two boys. As a former US military officer and the spouse of an active duty US military member, Lynne enjoys traveling the world (although not the moving part!) and finding new cuisine and methods of preparing food. She also has the habit of using parenthesis way too much!