Loretta Sebastiani

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Sauce with turkey meatballs and aubergines
( Sugo con polpettine di tacchino e melanzane )

Our original home cooking

difficulty: medium

time: preparation: 30 minutes
cooking: 40 minutes

calories: 326 (kCal)

Ingredients / Serves 4

  • For the meatballs
  • 250 g (8 1/2 oz) minced turkey breast
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons dried chives
  • 1 teaspoon marjoram
  • Plain dried breadcrumbs
  • Salt
  • For the sauce
  • 300 g (10 1/2oz) puréed tomatoes
  • 150 ml (5 fl oz - 3/4 C) extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 elongated aubergine (eggplant), peeled and cubed
  • 200 ml (7 fl oz) dry white wine
  • 100 ml (4 fl oz - 1/2 C) hot water
  • Fresh basil
  • Fresh thyme
  • Salt
medium difficulty
preparation: 30 minutes
cooking: 40 minutes
How many calories in a serving?
Calories: 326 (kcal) 17 % - 1364 (kJ)
Protein: 19.5 (g) 39 % GDA
Total fat: 22.6 (g) 33 % GDA
Total carbohydrate: 11.8 (g) 5 % GDA
Sugars: 4.5 (g) 5 % GDA

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Prepare the meat-balls mixing the ingredients in a bowl. The quantity of plain dried breadcrumbs (a few tablespoons) depends on the mixture that must be smooth but in every case suited for doing little meat-balls. With your wet hands roll the mixture into 1 cm (1/2 in) size balls.
At this point you can begin cooking your sauce. Heat the oil in a large non-stick frying pan and brown the meat-balls on all sides over a moderate flame, stirring continuously and delicately in order not to break your little meat-balls.
Pour the wine into the pan, cook for 5 minutes, stirring.
At this point add the puréed tomatoes and the aubergines, peeled and cubed. You should cut the aubergines in very little pieces (0,3 cm - 1/8 in). Season to taste with salt, stir and pour the hot water into the pan. Cook, half-covered, over a low flame for 20-30 minutes or until the aubergine is very tender. If it's necessary, you can add a little hot water.
Add fresh basil and thyme at the end of the cooking. If you haven't fresh herbs, you can also use dried herbs.


This sauce is suited for "tagliatelle" or other egg pasta but you can use it for dressing every type of dry pasta. The doses are enough for 1 lb pasta. It's one-meal plate.