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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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The Girl who Loved to Write said...

These look amazing!

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.

Hana R 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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