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Mozzarella-Stuffed Turkey Pesto Meatballs

I’m so in love with this recipe for Mozzarella-Stuffed Turkey Pesto Meatballs. It’s the perfect family-friendly recipe to serve with spaghetti and it freezes great.

Mozzarella-Stuffed Turkey Pesto Meatballs

My cousin Jacquie shared a version of this Turkey Pesto Meatball recipe on her Instagram account last year and I couldn’t wait to make it.  The pesto makes the meatballs so flavorful that you’d never know they were made with ground turkey.  No extra spices required!

Since I freeze my favorite meatloaf recipe raw I knew I could freeze these meatballs raw too.  I bought a big pack of ground turkey at Costco last week and made a couple pans with these other freezer-friendly recipes with ground turkey:

Enjoy!

Mozzarella-Stuffed Turkey Pesto Meatballs

Yields: 18 meatballs

Ingredients

  • 14.5oz can diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup basil pesto (store-bought or homemade)
  • 1/2 cup Italian breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 4-5 mozzarella string cheese sticks, cut into 4 pieces each
  • 4oz mozzarella cheese, shredded (about one cup)

To Cook

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350°F.
  2. Pour diced tomatoes into 9×13″ baking pan.
  3. In a large bowl, combine ground turkey, egg, pesto, breadcrumbs, and parmesan cheese.  Form into 18 meatballs.
  4. Press one piece of mozzarella cheese inside each meatball and place in baking pan.
  5. Cover with shredded mozzarella cheese.
  6. Place in oven and bake 30 minutes or until cooked through.

To Freeze and Cook Later

  1. Pour diced tomatoes into 9×13″ aluminum or disposable baking pan.
  2. In a large bowl, combine ground turkey, egg, pesto, breadcrumbs, and parmesan cheese.  Form into 18 meatballs.
  3. Press one piece of mozzarella cheese inside each meatball and place in baking pan.
  4. Cover with shredded mozzarella cheese.
  5. Cover pans with layers of plastic wrap and foil, and freeze for up to three months.
  6. When ready to eat, uncover and bake at 350°F for 90 minutes (You can shorten the cooking time by thawing overnight in the refrigerator.).

Serve with spaghetti and a salad.

Thoughts or questions?  Please leave a comment below and I’ll respond as soon as I can.  I’d love to hear from you. 

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Gia
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Gia

I’ve made this recipe a couple of times now, and my entire family LOVES it! It is easy to assemble, and my daughter can put it in the oven after school so that it is ready when I get home from work.

Katie Flynn
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Katie Flynn

I made these tonight and my whole family LOVED them! All of your recipes have been great!! Thank you for sharing 🙂

Sarah
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Sarah

Made this for dinner tonight and it was so yummy! I added a jar of pasta sauce to the can of tomatoes just so we’d have more sauce to put over the spaghetti. Definitely will be making this again. Can’t wait to try freezing it. Thanks!

Scott Heinze
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Scott Heinze

Why ground turkey and not a ground beef/ground pork mix? Thanks.

Pam
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In the ASSEMBLING ‘NO-COOK’ FREEZER MEALS ebook, there are no serving sizes per recipe. How many servings do they provide?