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Italian Sausage Meatballs

My grandmother made the most delicious meatballs. They were always a combination of whatever meat she had in the house – beef, pork, sausage, and veal usually combined with eggs, Parmesan, and parsley. Not much else but wow, were they delicious. Inspired by her, I recently decided to make some simple and delicious meatballs with leftover beef and turkey sausage I had at home, The sausage adds tons of flavor without needing lots of added ingredients. This version is baked but you can also cook them in sauce if you prefer. These freeze great so make up a big batch.

Italian Sausage Meatballs
Servings: 6
Serving Size: 4 meatballs
Nutritional Info: 218 calories, 7.1g of fat, 1g carbohydrates, 0g dietary fiber, 38g of protein, .6g of sugar
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 5 *


  • 1.5 lb. 99% ground turkey or beef
  • 1/2 lb. lean ground turkey sausage
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup parsley
  • 1/4 cup tomato sauce
  • 2 eggs
  • Salt and pepper


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Combine all the ingredients in a bowl until just combined.
  3. Roll into 24 meatballs. Bake on a covered baking sheet for 20-25 minutes until just cooked through. Serve with tomato sauce.
  4. Note: I simmered my meatballs in some homemade marinara sauce after which added 1 PointsPlus per serving.
  5. * PointsPlus® calculated by Slender Kitchen; Not endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc.

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4 Response to Italian Sausage Meatballs

  1. Shelley @ Two Healthy Kitchens on February 4, 2014

    Kristen, these look just wonderful! I am a huge, huge fan of using Italian turkey sausage in place of other ground meats as a method for kicking up the flavor while still keeping fat in check! And of course, I love the much healthier method of baking! Great ideas – pinning for sure! 😀

  2. Spinem on February 4, 2014

    Hi Kristen,
    I decided to try the “Simple Start” program and am really bummed out that I can’t try all your recipes now. Do you have a Category for Power Foods only recipes? I know – it’s a lot to ask, but maybe you do and I just missed it. Love your recipes.

  3. JOHN LOWE on February 6, 2014

    Kristen, Thanks for all your hard work on the development of this site – You are helping people to eat better & have a higher quality life – Many blessings to you & your family! john.

  4. Vicki Steen on February 17, 2014

    Looks wonderful


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