Parmesan Pesto Meatballs | Dash of Jazz

Pesto Parmesan Meatballs

Coming back to work after the holiday hiatus has been a little harsh. Because I am starting completely new projects at work this month, it reminded me of those winter breaks back in college when your routine is turned upside down (read: sleeping til whenever) and you feel like you may never go back to classes and responsibilities until your parents try to enforce silly things like curfews! I’m really just now getting back into my full meal prep routine and wanted to incorporate a new dish into the mix.

Parmesan Pesto Meatballs | Dash of Jazz

Enter these meatballs. I made them with lean 99% ground turkey from Jennie-O then paired them with zucchini noodles for a light but filling lunch on workdays. You can buy veggies like butternut squash, sweet potato, and zucchini pre cut from your local grocer or make them yourself using this tool, which comes highly recommended by my foodie friend, Trent. If you’re familiar with my recipes, you know I typically substitute ground turkey for beef as a way to eat better without sacrificing flavor. None of my friends can ever tell the difference. Jennie-O ground turkey gets the job done and these meatballs aren’t lacking in taste or moisture! They’re super juicy from being cooked in an easy mixture of pesto and broth in a crockpot. This is definitely one of those set-it-and-forget-it-meals. I chose to pair them with the zucchini noodles for that classic spaghetti and meatballs feel. Just like that, a week of complete lunches was prepped.

Parmesan Pesto Meatballs | Dash of Jazz

But wait! There’s more! *in my game show announcer voice* These meatballs by themselves are a perfect game day food. You can serve them straight out of the crock pot with tongs or toothpicks for grabbing or sandwich them between mini buns with a bit of mozzarella cheese for tasty sliders. It’s playoffs time right now but in a few short weeks, my hometown (Houston, TX, in case you’re new around here) is hosting the the Big Game. Make these for your guests if you’re hosting a watch party and they’ll likely be gone by the end of the first quarter. Don’t worry, though. I have another easy recipe you can add to your spread coming up next week! In the meantime, here are the popular goodies I made for last year’s game:

What are your plans for the Big Game–will you be here in Houston or watching from home elsewhere? Thanks for reading!

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Parmesan Pesto Meatballs | Dash of Jazz

Parmesan Pesto Meatballs | Dash of Jazz

Parmesan Pesto Meatballs | Dash of Jazz

Parmesan Pesto Meatballs | Dash of Jazz

Parmesan Pesto Meatballs | Dash of Jazz

Parmesan Pesto Meatballs | Dash of Jazz

In partnership with Jennie-O. As always, all opinions are my own.  

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Pesto Parmesan Meatballs
Parmesan Pesto Meatballs | Dash of Jazz
Prep Time 10 minutes
Passive Time 4 hours
Servings
meatballs
Ingredients
Prep Time 10 minutes
Passive Time 4 hours
Servings
meatballs
Ingredients
Parmesan Pesto Meatballs | Dash of Jazz
Instructions
  1. Add all ingredients except for pesto and broth to a large bowl and mix until uniform. I do this with my hands to make sure all the spices are incorporated throughout the turkey.
  2. Form mixture into balls slightly larger than golf balls. Place into crock pot.
  3. In a smaller bowl, whisk together pesto and broth. Pour over meatballs and cover crockpot. Cook for about 4 hours on low, checking every so often. (Crock pots differ, so you may need to adjust the cooking time.)
Recipe Notes

Recipe by Jazzmine of Dash of Jazz

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13 Comments

  1. These look amazing! I need to make this soon 🙂 seems to be a healthier alternative to typical meatballs

  2. twoboysonepup

    Yes! I use ground turkey as much as I can, not even because of how lean it is, but I honestly love the taste! I’m definitely going to try these!

  3. khenricks

    These meatballs sound delish! I am a huge pesto lover so I’m totally going to have to try these … even before the SuperBowl!

    1. Jazz

      I’ve been eating them all week for lunch so you definitely don’t have to wait till the Super Bowl lol.

  4. Lauren Sheriff

    Yummy! Need to make this asap!

    Lauren | http//:www.basicbabelauren.com

  5. 21flavorsofsplendor

    Yummy! I love substituting ground turkey for beef. I have never cooked meatballs completely in the crock pot, but I’m excited to try.

    1. Jazz

      It makes everything 10x easier. 🙂 Thanks for reading!

  6. lesleysullivan4

    I need these in my life! Three of my favorite ingredients, turkey, pesto and parm!!!!

  7. Oh my gosh, these sound soooo good!

    -Valerie
    http://www.styledmuse.com

  8. These sound so delicious & easy to make. I just printed it out to make tomorrow!

    1. Jazz

      Thanks, Bridget! Let me know how they turn out for you.

  9. These meatballs sound amazing! We pretty much always use turkey meat instead of ground beef so I love finding recipes that call for it!

    1. Jazz

      I’m the same way. Thanks for reading!

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