Spicy Turkey Meatball Stew with Fall Veggies
Healthy, fall comfort food alert! A one-pot, tomato-based stew loaded with tender turkey meatballs, butternut squash, carrots and cauliflower. A perfect game day, meal prep and freezer-friendly recipe.
Dinner, Main Course, Stew
fresh thyme leaves
ground black pepper
olive oil, divided
butternut squash, peeled and cubed
carrots, peeled and chopped
medium yellow onion, chopped
Kosher salt and pepper
finely chopped garlic
¼ - ½
crushed red pepper flakes (optional)
dry white wine
turkey or chicken stock
Pomi chopped tomatoes, or crushed tomatoes
ounce can diced tomatoes, drained
large bay leaf
fresh parsley, chopped
fresh thyme leaves
Freshly grated parmesan cheese
In a large bowl, mix all ingredients with your hands until well combined.
Form mixture into meatballs about 1 ½ inches in diameter and place on a large parchment-lined, rimmed baking sheet.
Makes 22-24 meatballs. Can be made 1 day ahead of making stew. Cover and chill.
Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat.
Add half of the meatballs to the pot in a single layer. Brown on all sides, about 8 minutes. Transfer meatballs to a plate and cover with foil to keep warm.
Heat the remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil and add the other half of meatballs to the pot. Brown on all sides and transfer to plate with the other meatballs.
Add squash, carrots, and onion to the pot. Season with salt and pepper, and cook to soften, about 5 minutes, stirring frequently.
Stir in garlic and crushed red pepper flakes. Cook 1 minute, stirring frequently.
Add wine to deglaze the pot, scraping up browings. Let simmer 3 minutes.
Stir in stock, Pomi chopped tomatoes, diced tomatoes and bay leaf. Bring to boil and reduce to a medium simmer.
Mix in cauliflower and nestle meatballs into the pot. Cook 10-12 minutes until vegetables are tender and meatballs are cooked through.
Remove from heat and stir in fresh parsley and thyme. Ladle into bowls and serve with parmesan. Enjoy!
This stew is excellent made a day or two ahead and freezer-friendly!
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