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.

Recipe Summary

prep:
35 mins
cook:
35 mins
total:
1 hr 10 mins
Servings:
12
Yield:
36 meatballs
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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat an oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

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  • 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.

Nutrition Facts

486 calories; protein 38.3g 77% DV; carbohydrates 26g 8% DV; fat 25.3g 39% DV; cholesterol 130.3mg 43% DV; sodium 1621.1mg 65% DV. Full Nutrition
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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
06/24/2011
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 Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
07/26/2012
Good but was not able to form into meatballs had to make meatloaf instead. Read More
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369 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 294
  • 4 star values: 64
  • 3 star values: 7
  • 2 star values: 3
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
06/24/2011
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 Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/24/2011
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. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/24/2011
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. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/10/2012
Absolutely delicious. I never commented on any recipes sofar because they are not usually all that special, or don't turn out too well, or don't taste as expected. But these meatballs were the best ever, and moist - due to the extra cheese on the inside. Easy to make, even though it takes a bit of time, but it's well worth it. I'll make them again exactly the way the recipe is written. Thankyou! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
05/22/2011
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. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/26/2011
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! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/03/2011
easy and delicious. my 7 yr old was very impressed with the cheese inside the meatball. "how did you do that Mom?!" Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/09/2012
so very delicious! If you're watching calories use fat free mozzerella and lean 99% fat free turkey. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/29/2011
Delicious! I love pesto and these meatballs were great! Definatley going to make these again! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
07/26/2012
Good but was not able to form into meatballs had to make meatloaf instead. Read More
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