Kids’ Favourites – Cheesy Turkey Meatballs & Tomato Spaghetti

This is my girls’ one of the favourite dinners, simple meatballs made from scratch (based on my meatloaf recipe), simple tomato sauce and spaghetti pasta.


for the cheesy meatballs

  • 400 g minced turkey
  • 75 g cheese – I used mature Cheddar (grated)
  • 4 – 5 thick slices of soft while toast bread
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ tsp fine sea salt
  • ½ tbs mustard
  • 1½ tbs ketchup
  • 3 tbs olive oil
  • ½ tbs garlic powder
  • ½ tbs marjoram

turkey meatballs made from scratch

for the simple tomato sauce

  • 2 x 400 g tins of chopped tomatoes
  • 2 tbs potato starch
  • ½ tsp dried oregano
  • 1 cup of boiling water
  • ½ cup of cold water
  • soft brown sugar to taste
  • sea salt to taste
  • fresh basil leaves to garnish

kids favourite foods


  • baking tray lined with baking paper
  • potato masher
  • mixing bowl with flat base or wide pot
  • small pot to make the sauce

meatball turkey mince fork cheese meatballs


  1. In a mixing bowl combine cheese, salt, mustard, ketchup, olive oil, garlic, and marjoram, stir well.
  2. Add also turkey, eggs and bread, mix well with potato masher in a bowl or pot.
  3. Use table spoon to take portion of the mixture at the time, shape them into balls and place on baking tray. There should be enough mix for about 30 balls.
  4. Place in the oven preheated to 200°C (392°F), bake for about 30 – 40 minutes.
  5. In meantime empty chopped tomato tins into the small pot, add also boiling water and oregano, heat until the sauce is bubbling.
  6. Dissolve potato starch in cold water and gradually stir into the sauce as well, cook couple of minutes longer.
  7. Season to taste with salt and sugar.
  8. Serve the sauce over cooked spaghetti pasta, top with meatballs and sprinkle with freshly chopped basil leaves.

Makes 5 – 6 servings.

Your thoughts…

  1. what a nice post. the images also mouth watering also. the instructions are so easy to maintain.

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