Little Italy Meatballs

Yes, I made these meatballs for Kirby. Yes, I tasted them. Yes, I really like them.  Seriously good, these little meatballs are yummy over pasta with a nice tomato sauce or as appetizers with a yogurt dip. The sardines add a nice smoky yet salty note. These are healthiest with ground turkey but feel free to use ground beef or pork. Kirby apparently doesn't really care what they are served with since he eats them first and then whatever is left in his bowl which can be as simple as a dollop of applesauce, cottage cheese, or yogurt. 

If you've never eaten sardines, let me tell you they taste a lot like tuna but with a smokiness. They're low in mercury and high in Omega-3 fatty acids. They're a healthy addition to any dog, or human, diet.

Little Italy Meatballs

Little Italy Meatballs

Easy meatballs you can share.

Yields: 40 meatballs
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes

Nutrition facts:
53 Calories, 24 Calories from fat
Total fat: 2.9g or 4% each (0.8g saturated fat, 0.0g trans fat)


  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 4.5 oz can sardines in tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup plain bread crumbs
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 cup parmesan & romano grated cheese
  • olive oil


  1. In a medium bowl thoroughly mix all of the ingredients. I just use my hands.
  2. Using a cookie scoop, measure out the meatballs. Then spray a little oil on your hands to form into round balls.
  3. Place on parchment lined baking sheet.
  4. Bake for 15 minutes at 350 degrees then turn broiler to high for another 3-5 minutes until golden brown.
  5. Remove and serve.

Little Italy Meatballs 1
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