Mozzarella-Stuffed Pesto Turkey Meatballs

Mozzarella-Stuffed Pesto Turkey Meatballs

95 Reviews 10 Pics
  • Prep

    35 m
  • Cook

    35 m
  • Ready In

    1 h 10 m
foodie77
Recipe by  foodie77

“I came up with this recipe for a recipe contest, and it's been a family favorite ever since. For a lighter version, omit stuffing the meatballs with mozzarella cheese. Serve with your choice of pasta.”

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Ingredients

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Original recipe yields 36 meatballs

Directions

  1. Preheat an oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
  2. Place the ground turkey, onion, garlic, egg, bread crumbs, Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, parsley, pesto, milk, salt, and black pepper in a bowl. Mix until evenly blended, then form into 1 3/4-inch meatballs. Make a hole in the meatball with your finger and place a cheese cube in the hole. Seal the meatball around the cheese and place on a nonstick baking sheet. Drizzle the olive oil over the meatballs.
  3. Bake in the preheated oven until the meatballs are no longer pink in the center, about 30 minutes. Heat the marinara sauce in a saucepan over low heat. Bring to a simmer, and place the baked meatballs in the marinara sauce for about 2 minutes.

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Reviews (95)

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hannahelizabeth
118

hannahelizabeth

Awesome recipe! My entire family begs me to make this! I have found that wrapping the meat around the mozzarella ball is easier than stuffing it in though. Definitely a fantastic family favorite

akuhns
64

akuhns

These are really great, and they're even better the next day in a meatball sandwich! I axed the mozzarella in the middle (watching calories), and I don't keep pesto around, so I used olive oil and a bit more garlic. Next time I'll omit the salt; with the sodium in the marinara, I think that the addition of the salt in the recipe is unnecessary.

collierd
57

collierd

To cut back on calories, I used fresh basil from my garden, eggbeaters, and no olive oil. I cubed low fat string cheese instead of fresh mozz.

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Nutrition

Amount Per Serving (12 total)

  • Calories
  • 486 cal
  • 24%
  • Fat
  • 25.3 g
  • 39%
  • Carbs
  • 26 g
  • 8%
  • Protein
  • 38.3 g
  • 77%
  • Cholesterol
  • 132 mg
  • 44%
  • Sodium
  • 1621 mg
  • 65%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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