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Turkey meatball spaghetti with roast veg sauce

Looking to feed a family of four for under a tenner?* This turkey meatball spaghetti should be your go-to healthier take on a classic family favourite.

Serves 4 Total Time 50 mins


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  • 900g vine tomatoes, each cut into 8 pieces 
  • 2 red peppers,cut into even-sized chunks 
  • 1 courgette, cut into even-sized chunks 
  • 1 red onion, cut into even-sized chunks
  • 1 tbsp dried mixed herbs 
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 500g spaghetti, to serve
  • Drizzle extra virgin olive oil, to serve
  • Parmesan, to serve
  • 500g turkey mince 
  • 1 large garlic clove, finely grated 
  • 31g pack basil, finely chopped
  • 60g fresh breadcrumbs
  • 1tbsp olive oil


  1. Preheat oven to 200°C/180°C fan/gas 6 and line a large roasting tin with baking paper.
  2. To make the sauce, put the veg and mixed herbs in the tin, drizzle with the olive oil, season and toss to coat. Roast for 35 mins, mixing well halfway.
  3. Put a large pan of salted water on to boil.
  4. Place the mince, garlic, basil and breadcrumbs in a bowl and season with pepper.
  5. Mix well using your hands, then divide into 20 meatballs, each roughly the size of a ping-pong ball.
  6. Add the spaghetti to the boiling water and cook according to packet instructions.
  7. Heat the oil in a frying pan over a medium heat, add the meatballs and cook for around 4 mins, turn, then cook for another 4 mins – this creates a lovely golden crust.
  8. Continue to cook for 4-6 mins more, shaking the pan regularly. Take off the heat and set aside.
  9. Remove the veg from the oven and transfer to a saucepan. Blitz with a stick blender until smooth.
  10. Drain the pasta and add to the roast veg sauce. Stir well to coat the pasta, add the meatballs and serve with grated parmesan on top.

Nutrition tip: Why not use fewer vine tomatoes and add a can of chopped tomatoes instead? Cooked and canned tomatoes have higher lycopene than raw, so you’ll still benefit from high levels of this antioxidant, which helps protect cells from damage.

Please note these figures do not include the cost of store cupboard essentials, such as oils, salt and pepper.

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