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Turkey Meatloaf Italiano

Patricia Reitz

I make a number of recipes that feature ground turkey so I jumped at the chance to stock my freezer when I was able to purchase 40 pounds for a really low price.  Asian Sloppy Joes, Turkey and Vegetable Meatloaf, Keto Turkey Meatballs, and Hearty Italian Wedding Soup were already in my recipe rotation, and now I can add this Turkey Meatloaf Italiano to the mix.  Here's how it's made.


This recipe is very easy to make - just place all the meatloaf ingredients in a bowl and mix them together thoroughly.

I like to line a quarter sheet pan (9x13x1) with foil for easy clean up.  Form the meat mixture into a loaf shape, place it on the pan, and pop it into a preheated oven for about 50 minutes.


Remove the meatloaf from the oven and top with 1/2 cup of marinara (try my super easy and super delicious recipe here).

Top the marinara with 1/2 cup of shredded mozzarella cheese.


Now don't scoff - dried parsley is highly underrated.  


Sprinkle some of that dried parsley over the cheese (I like to crush it in the palm of my hand before sprinkling).


Bake into the oven for about 10 minutes or until the cheese melts.  Rest for 10 minutes before serving.  Enjoy!

Items used to make this recipe:


makes 8 servings



  • 1/2 cup marinara sauce (try my quick recipe)

  • 1/2 cup Italian seasoned breadcrumbs

  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese (use the good stuff!)

  • 2 large eggs

  • 2 tablespoons Italian seasoning

  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley flakes

  • 2 cloves garlic, finely minced

  • 2 pounds ground turkey


  • 1/2 cup marinara sauce

  • 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

  • 1/2 teaspoon dried parsley, crushed in the palm of your hand


  1. preheat oven to 375F and line sheet pan with parchment or silpat.

  2. In a large mixing bowl, stir together the first 7 meatloaf ingredients; add ground turkey and mix until well combined.

  3. Pat mixture into a meatloaf on lined sheet pan; bake for 50 minutes.

  4. Remove from oven and top with marinara, cheese, and crushed parsley flakes; return to oven and bake an additional 10-15 minutes to melt cheese.

  5. Remove from oven and rest 10 minutes before serving.

Keto Turkey Meatballs

Patricia Reitz

So what's a girl to do when she wants to make traditional meatballs (check out my recipe here), but her husband wants to eat as few carbs as possible?  Substitute ground almonds for the Italian breadcrumbs that are usually called for in the recipe.  Of course ground almonds don't have the same flavor as Italian breadcrumbs so I've upped the herbs and spices too.  These meatballs can be baked or fried, you decide.

I like to start by mixing all the extra stuff together before adding the meat.  I think the ingredients are distributed more evenly that way.  Here you see water (yes water), eggs, ground parmesan cheese, almond meal (almond flour), dried parsley, garlic powder, oregano, salt, black pepper, and crushed red pepper flakes.

Place all the ingredients listed above in a bowl and mix well.


You can combine the mixture easily by hand, but I pretty much use my stand mixer every time I have the chance.  


Now add the ground turkey and mix again.


See how evenly mixed together everything looks?


I like to use a #50 scoop to portion out my meatballs - each are a little bigger than 1 tablespoon.  That’s my favorite meatball size, but do whatever you like.  These meatballs can be baked (I'd bake this size at 400F for 10-15 minutes, or until they reach an internal temperature of 165F), but today I felt like going old school so I fried them in about 1/2-inch of olive oil.  

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Turn as needed until they're cooked through and brown all over.

Keto turkey meatball recipe - gluten free meatballs recipe - low-carb turkey meatballs

Once you have a mountain of meatballs, freeze for later or add them to your favorite tomato sauce (try one of my most popular recipes, San Marzano Tomato Sauce).  OR, try my favorite Busy Weeknight Marinara. Enjoy!

Low-Carb Turkey Meatballs (Keto, Gluten-Free)

makes 60 meatballs


  • 2 pounds ground turkey

  • 2 large eggs

  • 1/2 cup almond meal

  • 1/2 cup ground parmesan cheese

  • 1/3 cup water

  • 2 tablespoon dried parsley flakes

  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt

  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano

  • olive oil for frying


  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer (or by hand), combine the eggs, almond meal, parmesan, water, parsley, salt, garlic powder, pepper, crushed red pepper, and oregano until well mixed; add ground turkey and mix until evenly combined.

  2. Roll turkey mixture into 60 meatballs - I like to do this with a #50 portion scoop (like this one).

  3. Heat about 1/2-inch of olive oil in a skillet and fry meatballs, in batches, until golden brown all over and cooked through, turning as needed.

Meatballs can also be baked in a 400F oven for 10-15 minutes or until they reach an internal temperature of 165F.

Nutritional stats for 3 meatballs 120 calories, 6g fat, 0,5g carbs, 16g protein.

Asian Sloppy Joes

Patricia Reitz

An unadapted version of this Asian-inspired Sloppy Joe recipe was shared with me a number of years ago by a dear friend Jill - she's a wonderful cook and we have similar flavor palates, for the most part.  I say for the most part because we don't share a love for every ingredients.  Cilantro for example - I love to serve these sloppy joes with lots of fresh cilantro, but she absolutely detests it.  Spicy heat is another area where we don't always see eye to eye.  I like things a bit spicier than she does so if you tend to not like as much spice as I do, go ahead and reduce the cayenne pepper by half (or eliminate it completely). 

Let me show you how these sloppy, gingery, yummy sandwiches are made.

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Start with a mixture of minced red bell peppers, onions, and celery.

Saute the veggies in a bit of canola oil until softened and the onions turn translucent.



sloppy joe recipe using ground turkey

Next add ground turkey and cook until no pink remains, stirring frequently to break up clumps. 

I've made this recipe with ground beef, but ground turkey actually works better, much better - the flavors of the ground turkey and sauce are beautiful together. 

asian sloppy joe recipe

Speaking of the sauce, here's the cast of characters (clockwise from left to right):  brown sugar, red wine vinegar, soy sauce, creamy peanut butter, garlic powder, cayenne powder, and ground ginger.

delicious sloppy joe recipe with an asian twist

So here's how the ground turkey should look when it's cooked through.

asian "sloppy tom" recipe

Add all the sauce ingredients and stir well to combine. 

better sloppy joe recipe

Simmer for 5 minutes over medium heat. 

broccoli slaw with trader joe's spicy peanut vinaigrette dressing on asian sloppy joe sandwiches

Now this part wasn't included in the original recipe, but Jill highly recommended it and I have to agree, it's an excellent addition. 

Anyone out there have a good copycat recipe for this dressing?  Please share if you do.

super easy broccoli slaw with spicy peanut vinaigrette dressing

Simply buy a bag of broccoli slaw and dress it with Trader Joe's Spicy Peanut Vinaigrette, then pile it on top of the sloppy joe filling.  

building an asian-inspired sloppy joe sandwich - recipe with howto photos

I like to build these sandwiches on soft, pillowy brioche buns.  Add as much asian sloppy joe filling as you like.

an asian-inspired sloppy joe sandwich with broccoli slaw - recipe with how to photos inluded

Then add the crunchy broccoli slaw.

Sloppy joes with an Asian flavor profile - recipe and howto photos

Serve with lots of napkins and enjoy! 

Items used to make this recipe:

Asian Sloppy Joes

makes 6 servings


  • 2 tablespoons peanut or canola oil

  • 1/2 cup chopped onion

  • 1/2 cup chopped celery

  • 1/2 cup chopped red bell pepper

  • 1 1/2 pounds ground turkey

  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar

  • 1/4 cup soy sauce

  • 1/4 cup smooth peanut butter

  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar

  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder (not garlic salt)

  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger

  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper

  • 6 brioche buns

  • garnish - chopped fresh cilantro (optional)


  1. In a large skillet over medium high heat, saute onions, celery, and bell peppers in oil until they soften.

  2. Add ground turkey and cook, stirring frequently to break up clumps, until no pink remains.

  3. Stir in red wine vinegar, soy, peanut butter, brown sugar, garlic powder, ground ginger, and cayenne; heat to bubbling, then turn down the heat and simmer for 5 minutes.

  4. Pile mixture onto hamburger buns that have been lined with lettuce leaves and top with chopped cilantro if desired.

Note:  these sandwiches are excellent on their own, but topped with a layer of broccoli slaw dressed with spicy peanut vinaigrette takes them to the next level. I'm absolutely addicted to Trader Joe's spicy peanut vinaigrette (found in the refrigerator section).  Please drop me a line if you know of a good copycat recipe.