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Spinach & Pesto Turkey Meatballs

Today I am excited to share one of my new favorite weeknight dinners: spinach & pesto turkey meatballs. These puppies are really easy to whip up if you're short on time, and they taste like something you would order at a gourmet restaurant. Not only are these meatballs are a huge crowd pleaser, but they are a super healthy way to mix up your dinner rotation.

1 lb extra lean ground turkey
2 Tbsp minced garlic
1 cup Panko or Italian breadcrumbs (I ended up doing 1/2 cup of each because I had both on hand)
1/2 cup parmesan cheese, shredded
1 box frozen spinach, thawed with excess water drained out
1/2 cup pesto
2 eggs
2 Tbsp milk
salt and pepper, to taste
2 Tbsp EVOO (extra virgin olive oil)
spaghetti sauce for dipping, optional

1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. 
2. In a large mixing bowl, combine ground turkey, garlic, Panko/breadcrumbs, cheese, spinach, pesto, eggs, milk, and a pinch of salt and pepper. I use my hands to make sure all ingredients are thoroughly combined. 
3. Roll into balls the size of a golf ball and place on a lightly greased baking sheet lined with foil. 
4. Drizzle EVOO over all of the meatballs. 
5. Bake about 20 minutes or until brown and meat is cooked through. 
I served this with a side of spaghetti with spaghetti sauce and asparagus. Serve it with a salad to make it even healthier. We loved it!


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Kate at Green Fashionista said...

These look super yummy! I love substituting turkey for ground beef... still tastes amazing but much better for you! :)

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Pamela said...

Yummm! They look so good! I have a recipe for meatballs (similar!) & have been wanting to make them!!

Kerry @ Till Then Smile Often said...

Those look delicious! I love that they are a healthier alternative to meatballs.

Paige said...

These sound like something my husband would love.

Semper Ag said...

Oooh...I always make turkey meatballs, but never thought of pesto!! I'll have to save and try this recipe next time!

Lydia @ This Marine Wife said...

Oh, these sound divine! I actually have ground turkey sitting in the freezer and wasn't sure what to do with it. I'm so excited because I can make these, and I actually have all the ingredients! Woot woot!


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