Pasta with Turkey Meatballs and Roasted Vegetables

Pasta dinner with turkey meatballs and roasted vegetables. Toss with olive oil, lemon juice, and parsley. Quick, easy, and satisfying. Ready in about 30 minutes.

  • Prep time: 15 minutes
  • Cook time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 to 6 servings


For the vegetables:

  • 3 medium (about 3/4 pound) zucchini, cut into half moons
  • 2 large (about 3/4 pound) red bell peppers, sliced into 1-inch strips
  • 1 medium yellow onion, sliced into half moons
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

For the meatballs:

  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup plain bread crumbs
  • 1 teaspoon Italian Seasoning (or 1/4 teaspoon each dried oregano, basil, marjoram, and rosemary)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

For the pasta:

  • 1 pound any small shaped pasta, like orecchiette, bowties, or rotini
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley


1 Preheat the oven to 425ºF. Line two baking sheets with aluminum foil or silicone baking mats.

2 Begin roasting the vegetables: Toss the vegetables with the olive oil and salt. Spread them out on one of the baking sheets in a single, even layer. Roast the vegetables for 30 minutes.

Pasta with Turkey Meatballs and Vegetables

3 Prepare and begin roasting the meatballs. In a medium mixing bowl, combine the ground turkey, egg, mayonnaise, bread crumbs, and seasonings. Roll into 1-inch meatballs and place on the second baking sheet, about 1/2-inch apart.

Roast the meatballs for 20 minutes in the oven alongside the vegetables.

Pasta with Turkey Meatballs and Vegetables Pasta with Turkey Meatballs and Vegetables

4 Boil the pasta: Once both the vegetables and meatballs are in the oven, put a large pot of water on the stove to boil. Salt the pasta water to taste (I use about three tablespoons for a big pot) and boil the pasta. Cook the pasta according to the instructions on the package and drain.

Pasta with Turkey Meatballs and Vegetables

5 Toss everything together and serve. In the pasta pot, stir together the roasted vegetables, meatballs, and pasta with the olive oil, lemon juice, and parsley. Serve hot.

Pasta with Turkey Meatballs and Vegetables

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  • Allison

    I love this recipe because it is simple, makes good use of healthy veggies, and is just plain delicious! My husband asked me to add this to our regular rotation, and even our 3 elementary and preschool age kids ate it without a fuss. It was the first time I had ever made meatballs, but I was surprised by how easy they are to make.


  • Chris

    Loved it. So easy, but flavorful. And great as a salad the next day :-)

  • Sandy S

    Really like this recipe and especially like know about making these baked meatballs. I will always make an extra batch to freeze and have ready for adding to other dishes. Also liked adding the lemon juice to the pasta. It adds just the right zing!

  • Manju

    good recipe

  • Mike

    This looks like a lot of pots and pans to clean for something that would just as good if microwaved from frozen.

  • Sara @ Last Night's Feast

    This looks like a perfect weeknight dinner! Thanks for sharing =)