Turkey Pesto Meatballs


I wanted something new to do with my ground lean turkey meat and for some reason pesto popped into my head. Who would have thought that pesto meatballs were going to be absolutely amazing? These delicious meatballs coupled with homemade sauce and wheat pasta are a great traditional dinner with a wonderful twist.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
40 mins
Total Time:
55 mins
6 servings


  • cooking spray

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 1 onion, diced

  • 1 clove garlic, minced

  • 1 cup frozen spinach

  • 1 pound lean ground turkey

  • cup pesto

  • 2 egg whites

  • 1 ½ (1 ounce) packets plain instant oatmeal

  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese

  • salt and ground black pepper to taste


  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Grease a large baking pan with cooking spray.

  2. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onion and garlic; cook and stir until browned, about 5 minutes. Add spinach; mix until fully cooked, 3 to 5 minutes.

  3. In the meantime, combine turkey, pesto, egg whites, oatmeal, Parmesan cheese, salt, and pepper in a large mixing bowl. Add onion-spinach mixture and mix well. Shape mixture into balls using an ice cream scoop. Place in the prepared pan.

  4. Bake in the preheated oven until no longer pink in the center, 30 to 35 minutes.

Cook's Note:

If you want to cook the meatballs in sauce, bake for 20 to 25 minutes then transfer to your favorite homemade sauce. Simmer for 45 minutes. I like to do this so the meatballs and sauce can add flavor to each other.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

262 Calories
16g Fat
9g Carbs
22g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 262
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 16g 20%
Saturated Fat 4g 21%
Cholesterol 63mg 21%
Sodium 282mg 12%
Total Carbohydrate 9g 3%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 22g
Vitamin C 4mg 20%
Calcium 213mg 16%
Iron 4mg 23%
Potassium 355mg 8%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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