Mozzarella-Stuffed Pesto Turkey Meatballs

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

PREP TIME

35

minutes

TOTAL TIME

70

minutes

SERVINGS

36

meatballs

PREP TIME

35

minutes

TOTAL TIME

70

minutes

SERVINGS

36

servings

Ingredients

  • 3

    lbs. ground turkey

  • 1

    C finely chopped onion

  • 4

    garlic cloves, minced

  • 1

    egg

  • 1

    C Italian-style bread crumbs

  • 1/2

    C grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese

  • 1/2

    C chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley

  • 1/4

    C prepared pesto

  • 1/4

    C milk

  • 1

    T salt

  • 2

    t fresh ground black pepper

  • 1

    lb. fresh mozzarella, cut into small cubes

  • 3

    T extra-virgin olive oil

  • 2

    (24 ounce) jars marinara sauce

Directions

Preheat an oven to 375 degrees. 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. 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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