Pesto Turkey Meatballs with Mozzarella & Marinara



If you’re in the market for a quick and easy one-pan meal, look no further than this delicious recipe for Pesto Turkey Meatballs with Mozzarella & Marinara! This super flavorful and protein-packed dinner is the perfect blend of Italian-inspired flavors, requiring just 10 minutes of active prep and a handful of ingredients. Whether you’re a fan of cheesy meatballs or are simply looking for a comforting weeknight dinner, this recipe is sure to become a favorite in your household. Let’s dive into how to make these mouthwatering Pesto Turkey Meatballs!


Pesto Turkey Meatballs with Mozzarella & Marinara

Pesto Turkey Meatballs with Mozzarella & Marinara is a quick and easy one-pan meal that brings together the flavors of juicy turkey meatballs, fragrant pesto, melty mozzarella cheese, and rich marinara sauce. This protein-packed dinner is both comforting and satisfying, making it the perfect weeknight option for Italian-inspired cravings.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Course Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Servings 4


  • – 1 lb ground turkey
  • – 1/4 cup breadcrumbs
  • – 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • – 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
  • – 2 garlic cloves minced
  • – 1/4 cup pesto sauce
  • – 1 cup marinara sauce
  • – 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • – Salt and pepper to taste


  • In a large mixing bowl, combine ground turkey, breadcrumbs, Parmesan cheese, fresh basil, minced garlic, salt, and pepper. Mix until well combined.
  • Shape the mixture into small meatballs, about 1 inch in diameter.
  • Heat a large skillet over medium heat and add a drizzle of olive oil. Place the meatballs in the skillet and cook until browned on all sides, about 5-6 minutes.
  • Reduce the heat to low and add the marinara sauce to the skillet. Stir gently to coat the meatballs in the sauce. Cover the skillet and cook for an additional 10-12 minutes, or until the meatballs are cooked through.
  • Remove the skillet from heat and sprinkle the shredded mozzarella cheese over the meatballs. Cover the skillet again and let the cheese melt for a few minutes.
  • Serve the Pesto Turkey Meatballs with Mozzarella & Marinara over pasta, crusty bread, or alongside your favorite vegetables. Enjoy!


– Feel free to add some red pepper flakes for a spicy kick.
– Serve with a side salad or steamed vegetables for a complete meal.

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