How to Make Turkey Meatballs With Spicy Basil & Burrata Red Sauce by Chef Gigi Gaggero, Resident Chef

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4 years ago
How to Make Turkey Meatballs With Spicy Basil & Burrata Red Sauce

Meatballs are all the rage! Here’s my recipe for turkey meatballs in a spicy basil and burrata red sauce. Yum!

You'll need:

  • 1 pound lean ground turkey
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons breadcrumbs (can use gluten-free)
  • 1 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning
  • 2 tablespoons fresh basil, minced
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes


  • 3 cups tomato sauce or your favorite pasta sauce
  • 1/2 cup chicken or beef stock
  • 1 heaping teaspoon dried Italian seasoning
  • 1 cup sliced shiitake mushrooms
  • salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste


  • 4 - 5 large basil leaves, chopped
  • 6 - 8 ounces fresh burrata cheese, cut into large thin pieces

Here’s how you make it:

  1. Combine all the meatball ingredients. Mix together and roll into 22 to 24 1-inch meatballs.
  2. Place on a foil-lined cookie sheet sprayed with nonstick cooking spray. Bake for 15 minutes in a preheated 400-degree F oven.
  3. While the meatballs are baking, make the sauce. Heat a large skillet on medium-low and add tomato sauce, stock, Italian seasoning and mushrooms. Allow sauce to cook mushrooms through and thicken, about 15-30 minutes. 
  4. Once meatballs are out of the oven, gently add them to the sauce. Spoon the tomato sauce generously over the meatballs. Add the fresh basil.
  5. Place the buratta randomly in the tomato sauce and over the meatballs. Cover and continue cooking on medium-low for 5 more minutes or until the cheese has melted into the sauce. Adjust seasoning with salt and pepper.

Serve meatballs over an ancient grain, pasta or spaghetti squash.

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Donna John
Already got everything to make these tomorrow night, @chefgigi. Burrata is one of my favorite things. There's a place in San Antonio we eat at that makes homemade burrata. And yes, we've driven 2 1/2 hours to eat it, tho we told my son we were coming to see him. ;-) Can't wait to make this!
Chef Gigi Gaggero, Resident Chef
Donna John OH MY GOSH! They are SO yummy! I have tons of recipes for your new 30 second food site off my blog ready to load when u are! Welcome home
Lady! Missed u !
Donna John
Love your blog, by the way! Looks great!!
Donna John
Made this last night, and it was SOOO good! My husband said, without even being asked what he thought, "This has great flavor." :-) Another great recipe, Chef Gigi Gaggero!
Elisa A. Schmitz 30Seconds
Donna John, It's so great to hear that the reality of Chef Gigi Gaggero's amazing recipe equaled the fantasy I have in my mind about it, LOL!
Erica Kane
Can't wait to try this!
Chef Gigi Gaggero, Resident Chef
Elisa All 30SecondMom Awe! So heartwarming ! TY! 🙏🏻 Donna John and TY for the compliment on my blog and so happy your guy loved it ! Wait till he try's the non diet version ! Giggle !
Dr. Shayna Mancuso
My successes in the kitchen are far and few between, but Chef Gigi Gaggero, you may just change that!
Donna John
Need to make this again, @chefgigi. Mmmm!

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