Spaghetti and Turkey - Pesto Meatballs

Monday, August 6, 2012

My kids have always thought that meatballs are fun, but for some reason I've never really made them anything other than premade frozen versions before.   These turkey pesto meatballs caught my eye, because they actually called for ground turkey instead of ground beef.  I was very pleased at how they turned out.  Not only were they simple to make, but they were tasty, healthy, and met my kid's definition of fun!  This was one of those relatively rare meals that met the approval of the entire family, including the two pickiest eaters! 

Recipe adapted from:  The Bon Appetit Cookbook: Fast Easy Fresh
Click here for printable recipe.

Posted by Lara. 

The ingredients:

2 jars (28-oz. each) chunky spaghetti sauce
1-lb. ground turkey
1-1/2 cups breadcrumbs
1/3 cup pesto
2 egg whites
1/2 tsp. salt
16-oz. spaghetti noodles

Pour just enough pasta sauce to cover the bottom of a heavy medium size skillet.  In a bowl, mix turkey, breadcrumbs, pest, egg white, and salt in medium bowl.

Using moistened hands, form mixture into 1-1/2-inch diameter meatballs (it made about 36 meatballs). 

Place meatballs in single layer in sauce (I had to use two pans to fit them all in). 

Spread remaining sauce over the meatballs.

Bring to simmer.  Cover and reduce heat to medium-low. 
Simmer until meatballs are cooked through, stirring occasionally, about 20 minutes. 

While meatballs are cooking, cook noodles in  large pot of boiling salted water until tender.  Drain pasta.  Serve topped with meatballs and sauce and a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese, if desired. 



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teresa August 6, 2012 at 4:15 PM  

ooooh, i'm loving the pesto. my kids are huge meatball fans too, i'll have to make this for them quick!

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