I received a free sample of Kikkoman soy sauce mentioned in this post. By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by Kikkoman and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.
Sodium Saving Swedish Meatballs to the rescue! Toss the salt shaker over your shoulder and use Kikkoman Less Sodium Soy Sauce to enhance the flavor of this dish. Swedish meatballs are delicious over brown rice or your favorite pasta.
My family is Italian, so we love anything with pasta – especially meatballs! I wanted to make something different and fun – because let’s be real spaghetti and meatballs can get old. Also, red sauce may contain a ton of sodium, especially if you are buying sauce from the jar. This led me to create these sodium saving & flavor rising Swedish Meatballs with tortellini. I honestly chose the tortellini because I saw it in the store, my tummy was growling, and without thinking twice the torts were in my shopping cart! Shopping on an empty stomach…whoops, I am breaking my own rules! Anyways, you don’t have to use tortellini with these meatballs, you can use egg noodles or rice as well – totally up to your preference.
So in this recipe, I did not use any salt. Better believe it! I used Kikkoman Less Sodium Soy sauce in place of salt to boost the flavor. You’re probably thinking I am crazy…soy sauce? In meatballs? With pasta? Yup!
I used 1 tablespoon when making the meatballs and 1/4 cup in the sauce. Did you know by using 1/2 tsp. Kikkoman Soy Sauce in place of 1/2 tsp. table salt, you can cut the sodium content of the recipe by 1000mg?? Let’s just say this recipe is a perfect addition to your healthy eating regimen for 2017. If you are looking to make meatballs with different flavor profiles Kikkoman also offers a variety of low sodium options you can experiment with in your kitchen: Less Sodium Soy sauce, Less Sodium Gluten-Free Tamari Soy Sauce, Less Sodium Teriyaki Marinade & Sauce, and 50% Less Sodium Gluten-Free Teriyaki Marinade and Sauce.
- 1 lb. lean ground turkey
- 1/3 cup panko breadcrumbs
- 1/2 white onion diced
- 1 Tbsp. Less Sodium Kikkoman Soy Sauce
- 1/4 cup fresh parsley chopped
- 1 flaxseed egg*
- 1/4 tsp. allspice
- 1/4 tsp. white pepper
- 1/4 tsp. cardamom
- 1 Tbsp. water
- black pepper to taste
- 2 Tbsp. olive oil
- 4 tablespoons. unsalted butter
- 2 tablespoons All-Purpose Flour
- 2 cups unsalted beef stock
- 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
- 1/3 cup heavy cream
- 1/4 cup Kikkoman Less Sodium Soy Sauce
- 1 tablespoon Worchestershire sauce
In a medium sized bowl, combine ground turkey, panko, white onion, Kikkoman soy sauce, parsley, flaxseed egg, spices and water until combined. Reserve olive oil for the skillet, step #2. Roll meatballs into a small/medium size.
In a large skillet (I used a cast iron) heat the olive oil. Add in the meatballs and cooking until the meatballs are brown on each side and cooked through the center. This may take several rounds depending on the size of you meatballs, add more olive oil to the pan if necessary. When cooked, transfer meatballs to a plate and set aside.
Next, make the gravy. Using the same pan - start by making the roux with the flour and butter. Whisk until brown and then slowly stir in the unsalted beef broth, heavy cream and yogurt. Lastly add in the Kikkoman soy sauce and Worchestershire sauce and simmer until sauce thickens. (Corn starch may be used if you prefer a thicker sauce).
Lastly, add the meatballs to the sauce and serve over the pasta of your choice or with rice.
Flaxseed egg = 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed mixed with 2.5 tablespoons water