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Mozzarella-Stuffed Pesto Turkey Meatballs Recipe
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Mozzarella-Stuffed Pesto Turkey Meatballs

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"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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Original recipe makes 36 meatballs Change Servings
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  • PREP

    35 mins
  • COOK

    35 mins
  • READY IN

    1 hr 10 mins

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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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jun 24, 2011

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

 
Most Helpful Critical Review
Jul 26, 2012

Good, but was not able to form into meatballs, had to make meatloaf instead.

 
Jul 24, 2011

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.

 
Jul 24, 2011

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.

 
May 22, 2011

Came out good! It definitly saved dinner tonight. We have a freezer full of ground turkey and this is an awesome way to use it in a healthy way. Paired with some wheat pasta and homemade sauce it will be on the menu again at my house.

 
Jan 09, 2012

so very delicious! If you're watching calories, use fat free mozzerella and lean 99% fat free turkey.

 
Jul 26, 2011

My husband and I loved these! I did make a couple changes since I didn't have all the ingredients. Instead of bread crumbs I used oats and didn't add the pesto but it was still quite tasty!

 
Oct 03, 2011

easy and delicious. my 7 yr old was very impressed with the cheese inside the meatball. "how did you do that Mom?!"

 

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Nutrition

  • Calories
  • 486 kcal
  • 24%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 26 g
  • 8%
  • Cholesterol
  • 132 mg
  • 44%
  • Fat
  • 25.3 g
  • 39%
  • Fiber
  • 4 g
  • 16%
  • Protein
  • 38.3 g
  • 77%
  • Sodium
  • 1621 mg
  • 65%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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