Cheesy Turkey Meatballs with Arrabiata Sauce {Gluten Free}

Cheesy Turkey Meatballs with Arrabiata Sauce {Gluten Free}

Hey guys! You are probably wondering why I am posting a meatball recipe. I know it’s not exactly what you think of making in the summer but I am SO excited to share this recipe with you! It goes along with an amazing new product that I have had the opportunity to try!


Uncle Steve’s Italian Specialties is a company that makes 3 varieties of pasta sauce: arrabiata, marinara, and tomato basil. The company is owned by Steve Schirripa who is known for his role as Bobby on the Sopranos, among many other things. These sauces are a tribute to his late mother.


Uncle Steve’s sauces are made from imported organic plum tomatoes. Uncle Steve’s doesn’t add any tomato paste or puree. These sauces are made with care in small batches in New York. The best part is that for all of my gluten free and health conscious people, Uncle Steve’s Sauces are:

  • Gluten Free
  • Free of other allergens – egg, dairy, tree nut, soy, and peanut
  • Kosher
  • No Sugar Added
  • Non-GMO
  • Organic
  • Suitable for vegan, vegetarian, paleo, and organic diets

Uncle Steve’s supplied me with a jar of all 3 varieties of their sauce. I love things that are a little bit spicy so I had to try the arrabiata sauce first! If you don’t know what arrabiata is, it is basically a spicy marinara sauce. I used the arrabiata sauce to simmer my favorite turkey meatballs.


I have to admit, I was slightly skeptical of whether or not this sauce would be better than others I have tried. There is such a huge selection of pasta sauces in the grocery store these days. However, I was so impressed! The arrabiata had a kick from the red pepper flakes that are added to it. The sauce had no acidic taste like so many do. The tomatoes that they use are naturally sweet. I can’t wait to try the other varieties. I will let you know when I do!! If you would like to try this sauce (which I highly recommend you do!!) check out Uncle Steve’s website for a store locator.

Now for my recipe…Cheesy Turkey Meatballs. Instead of paying a million dollars for gluten free bread crumbs or making my own, I use cornmeal. It makes the meatballs brown well and gives them a good texture. Then I add mozzarella cheese into the meat for flavor, binding, and obviously cheese just makes everything better! Simmer these meatballs in Uncle Steve’s spicy arrabiata sauce…yum!!

Cheesy Turkey Meatballs with Arrabiata Sauce {Gluten Free}
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Serves: 24-30 meatballs
  • 1 jar of Uncle Steve's Italian Specialties Sauce - Arrabiata (if you don't like spice try tomato basil or marinara)
  • 1.25 pound ground turkey (this is the size I usually find it in)
  • ½ small yellow onion, grated or very finely minced
  • 2-3 cloves garlic, grated or very finely minced
  • ½ cup cornmeal
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 tbsp dried parsley (of course you can use fresh if you have it on hand)
  • ½ tsp salt
  • black pepper to taste
  • ¾ cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • grated parmesan cheese and parsely for garnish (optional)
  1. In a large mixing bowl add ground turkey, cornmeal, parsley, salt, pepper, and mozzarella cheese.
  2. Lightly beat 2 eggs and add to the mixing bowl.
  3. Grate or finely mince onion and garlic. Add to the mixing bowl.
  4. Mix well to combine. Just use your works the best!
  5. Form meatballs. You can use a spoon or cookie scoop to measure out even meatballs. You will get about 24-30 based on the size you make.
  6. Heat a couple of tablespoons of EVOO on medium in a large skillet.
  7. Brown the meatballs on all sides. You may have to do this in batches depending on the size of your skillet.
  8. Turn the meatballs every couple of minutes until they are browned on all sides. Be careful when you turn them so that you don't break up the meatballs.
  9. When all of the meatballs have been browned, add the arrabiata sauce to the pan.
  10. Reduce heat to simmer and cook for 20 minutes.
  11. Serve meatballs on their own, with pasta, or on a meatball sandwich.
  12. Garnish with freshly grated parmesan cheese and parsley. (optional)




Note: The recipe and opinions in this post are my own. This post was not paid. The sauce used in this post was provided to Gluten Free Jess by Uncle Steve’s Italian Specialties.

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