Turkey Meatballs with Tomato Sauce for $5.55

The next time you get a craving for spaghetti and meatballs, don’t settle for the bland and overpriced store-bought meatballs you find in the freezer section. And don’t think beef is the only option. For a fraction of the cost, you can enjoy this tastier and healthier turkey meatball instead, made in your own kitchen! The total for this recipe came out to $5.55!

And what a coincidence, because this recipe is part of our “Feed a Family for $5.55” series. The price of this recipe does not include items from our list of pantry basics.

Turkey Meatballs with Tomato Sauce

Prep. Time: 10 Minutes

Cook Time: 25 Minutes

These easy turkey meatballs make for a tasty alternative to a traditional beef mixture.


  • ½ a package of ground turkey ($1.00)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced ($.15)
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 c bread crumbs ($.18)
  • ½ a zucchini, grated ($.75)
  • Jar of pasta sauce ($2.50)
  • Box of Spaghetti ($.97)


Put salty water on to boil for spaghetti. Pour pasta sauce into a large skillet and heat on medium low heat. In a large bowl, mix turkey, garlic, zucchini salt and pepper, cumin, chili powder, oregano, red pepper flakes, Worcestershire and bread crumbs. Mash together using your hand, then roll in small balls and drop into pasta sauce. Cover and simmer for 25 minutes. Serve over spaghetti.

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