Pesto Meatballs
Yield: 4 servings
Active Time: 10 minutes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
These pesto meatballs are to.die.for., and they will surely dress up your next pasta and meatballs night. These would also be delicious just served alone, as an appetizer or low-carb meal. We’re baking these pesto-filled meatballs with some marinara sauce and when they are finished baking, the sauce and meatballs go right over top of the pasta. Easy-peasy, pesto-squeezy!

Ingredients for Single Meal

  • 1 1/2 - lb(s) ground beef
  • 1 - egg(s)
  • 1/4 - cup(s) breadcrumbs
  • 2/3 - cup(s) pesto
  • 1/2 - cup(s) grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 - tsp minced onion
  • 1 - tsp garlic powder
  • - Salt and pepper
  • 1 - 26 oz. jar(s) marinara sauce
  • Side: - pasta**
  • Side: - salad**
  • 1 - 9x13 disposable foil tray(s)
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Cooking Directions for Single Meal

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the ground beef, egg, breadcrumbs, pesto, grated Parmesan cheese, minced onion, garlic powder and pinch of salt and pepper. Using an ice cream scoop, form beef mixture into balls and place them in a single layer into a baking dish. Pour the marinara sauce over the tops of the meatballs.
  3. Bake in the preheated oven for 25 to 30 minutes, or until cooked through. Cooking time may vary depending on size of meatballs.
  4. While the meatballs are baking, cook the pasta and prepare the salad.
  5. Serve Pesto Meatballs over pasta with side salad.

Freezeasy Meal Prep Directions

  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine 2 lbs. ground beef, 2 eggs, 1/2 cup breadcrumbs, 1 1/3 cups pesto, 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese, 2 tsp minced onion, 2 tsp garlic powder and pinch of salt and pepper. Using an ice cream scoop, form beef mixture into balls and place them in a single layer into the disposable baking tray.

To each disposable tray, add the following ingredients:

  • Half of the premade pesto meatballs
  • 1 - 26 oz. jar marinara sauce, drizzled evenly over the meatballs

Cover with foil or lid, add label and freeze.

Freeze & Thaw Instructions

Put baggie in the freezer and freeze up to 6 months in fridge freezer or 12 months in a deep freezer. Thaw in the fridge overnight, or a tray/pan of warm water for about 20 minutes, before transferring to the oven and baking as directed.

Dairy-Free Modifications

Unfortunately, there is not a great dairy-free option for this meal.

Gluten-Free Modifications

Recipe is gluten-free when made with gluten-free breadcrumbs and gluten-free pasta.

Printable Label Recipe Title

Pesto Meatballs

Printable Label Instructions

Thaw and bake at 375 F for 30 minutes.
Serve over pasta with salad.

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