What’s for dinner: Lighter Italian meatballs, mild or HOT!

Lighter Italian Meatballs – mild or HOT

My family LOVES hot anything.  The hotter the better.  Me, not so much.  We have a local grocer, Caputos, who carries excellent Italian sausage in different degrees of hotness.  I made these meatballs with the extra hot sausage and my family loved them.


  • 1 cup Progresso Italian Bread crumbs
  • 1 ¼  lbs ground turkey
  • 1 ½ lbs Italian sausage with casings removed – you can use whatever level of heat you prefer.
  • 1 cup shredded Romano cheese
  • ½ cup minced flat leaf parsley
  • 1 t oregano
  • 1 t Kosher salt
  • ½ t Pepper to taste
  • 2 extra large eggs.
  • 3 T extra light olive oil

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Line one of your large pans with foil.

In a large mixing bowl, combine the turkey, sausage, bread crumbs, Asiago, parsley, oregano, salt and pepper. Lightly combine the ingredients with your hands. Add the 3 tablespoons of olive oil and the eggs, and combine.

Roll the mixture into 2-inch-round meatballs and place them on the prepared sheet pan. Brush the meatballs with olive oil. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes, until the tops are browned and the centers are completely cooked.

You can use these for anything you wish.  Put them in your favorite marinara sauce, make meatball sandwiches, or just the way they are.   If you use extra hot, believe me they’re hot.  If you use a mild sausage you may want to add a little red pepper flakes to give it a little flavor.  The Caputo sausage has all the hotness anyone could ever desire.

Enjoy.   Makes 24 big meatballs.


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