Spicy Turkey Meatballs

Spicy Turkey Meatballs
  1. 3 cups (1-inch diced) bread cubes from rustic bread, crusts removed
  2. 2/3 cup whole milk
  3. 2 pounds ground turkey
  4. 1/2 pound sweet Italian pork sausage, casings removed
  5. 4 ounces thinly sliced prosciutto, finely chopped
  6. 1 cup freshly grated aged Asiago cheese
  7. 1/2 cup minced fresh parsley
  8. 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  9. 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  10. Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  11. 3 tablespoons good olive oil, plus extra for brushing the meatballs
  12. 2 extra-large eggs, lightly beaten
  13. 3 (24-ounce) jars good marinara sauce
  14. 2 pounds dried spaghetti
  15. Freshly grated Parmesan (or Asiago) cheese, for serving
  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Line 2 sheet pans with parchment paper. Place the bread in the bowl of a food processor fitted with the steel blade. Process until the bread is in medium crumbs. Transfer the crumbs to a small bowl and add the milk. Set aside for 5 minutes. In a large mixing bowl, combine the turkey, sausage, prosciutto, bread mixture, Asiago, parsley, oregano, red pepper flakes, 1 tablespoon salt, and 1 1/2 teaspoons pepper. Lightly combine the ingredients with your hands. Add the 3 tablespoons of olive oil and the eggs, and stir lightly with a fork to combine. With your hands, lightly roll the mixture into 2-inch-round meatballs and place them on the prepared sheet pans. Brush the meatballs with olive oil. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes, until the tops are browned and the centers are completely cooked. Pour the marinara sauce in a large, low pot, add the meatballs, and bring to a simmer.
  2. Meanwhile, cook the spaghetti in a large pot of boiling salted water according to the directions on the package. Drain and place the spaghetti in individual bowls, and top with 3 meatballs and lots of sauce. Serve with Parmesan cheese on the side.
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