An Endurance Classic Made Lean: Turkey Meatballs & Fettucine

Racing Weight Cookbook delivers more than 100 flavorful, easy recipes for athletes that will help you hit your ideal weight without compromising your performance.

Spaghetti and Meatballs; it’s a classic endurance sports meal and for good reason. Complex carbs will fuel you up for tomorrow while the protein will help you recover from today. Enjoy with a glass of red!

Racing Weight Cookbook Turkey Meatballs and FettucineServes 8 in 1 Hour
Recipe profile: High Carb, High Protein

2 pounds 99% lean ground turkey breast
1/3 cup whole-wheat bread crumbs
2 eggs
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon dried onion flakes
2 tablespoons fresh basil, chopped
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
cooking spray
4 cups tomato-basil pasta sauce from a jar
1 pinch of salt
1 pound whole-wheat fettucine

Combine ground turkey, bread crumbs, eggs, garlic, onion flakes, basil, salt, and pepper in a large bowl and mix well.

Coat a large nonstick skillet with cooking spray. Roll meat mixture into 40 2-inch balls and place a single layer in the skillet. (They usually have to be cooked in two batches.)

Brown over medium heat, using tongs or a wooden spoon to turn the meatballs so the outsides cook evenly.

Transfer meatballs to a large saucepan and pour in the tomato-basil sauce. Cover and simmer over a low flame for 40 minutes.

While the meatballs are cooking, fill a large saucepan with water and a pinch of salt. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, then add fettucine. Cook 12–14 minutes or as directed on the package. Pour into a colander to drain.

Add about ¾ cup cooked fettucine to each plate and top with meatballs and sauce.

Per serving: 400 calories, 5 g fat, 55 g total carbohydrate, 8 g dietary fiber, 38 g protein

TIP: You can purchase a commercial brand of wholewheat bread crumbs, such as 4C, or make your own with bread you have on hand.


The Racing Weight Series™ is the proven weight-loss program for endurance athletes. Find Racing Weight, Racing Weight Cookbook, or Racing Weight Quick Start Guide in your local bookstore; bike, tri, or running shop; or from these online retailers:

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