Turkey- Pesto Meatballs (Weelicious Cookbook)

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This week I am going to be giving away the Weelicious Cookbook by Catherine McCord. I met Catherine at the BlogHer Food Conference earlier this year. She is really nice and is a great cook. I made the Turkey- Pesto Meatballs and they tasted great. Here’s a little more about them…

Even over a simple pasta, the meatballs taste great. I couldn’t get enough of them.

The turkey/pesto mixture felt weird when I kneaded it. You can see my mixed reactions.

I wanted to make a few little itty bitty meatballs, but my mom said no because they wouldn’t cook evenly. All of the meatballs had to be near the same size.

This recipe may appear to be really disgusting because you knead the meatballs with your hands, but it pays off in the end with an out-of-this-world taste!

No pasta is complete without cheese. Whether it’s a small amount or a whole tub, Italian food needs cheese.

I ate this right before basketball practice, so I had a lot of fuel for running. I LOVE this recipe.

The Weelicious Cookbook is great. Catherine has put so much effort into the book. Whoever wins this cookbook will be really lucky. The recipes look SO good. I want to make like a dozen more of them besides the Turkey- Pesto Meatballs! (by the way, the Turkey- Pesto Meatballs were awesome!) 🙂

Publisher William Morrow is offering a copy of Weelicious One Family. One Mealto one Recipe Boy reader. This giveaway is open to anyone who has a mailing address in the USA. One winner will be chosen via random.org on the evening of Sunday, Oct. 7th and will be contacted via email. The winner will receive one copy of the Weelicious cookbook.

**To enter to win a copy of the Weelicious Cookbook, leave one comment below sharing something easy that you like to make for dinner.  Go!
This giveaway is now closed.  The randomly selected winner is commenter #25: Reena.  Congrats & thanks for entering! 

Weelicious- One Family. One Meal. is available for purchase on Amazon and it’s in bookstores too. You can visit author Catherine McCord on her blog: Weelicious, on Twitter, on Facebook, and on Pinterest.

Turkey- Pesto Meatballs

The Weelicious cookbook has recipes for both pesto and marinara sauce, in case you are interested in those!


1 1/4 pounds ground turkey
1/4 cup pesto (I used store- bought)
1/4 cup breadcrumbs
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 teaspoon salt
2 cups marinara sauce (I used Classico Tomato- Basil)


1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 9x13-inch pan with nonstick spray.

2. Place the turkey, pesto, breadcrumbs, cheese and salt in a large bowl and use clean hands to combine them thoroughly.

3. Pour the sauce into the pan.

4. Using about 1 tablespoon or so per meatball, roll the mixture into balls and set them on top of the marinara sauce, creating rows.

5. Cover the baking pan with foil and bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until cooked through. Mine took a little longer.

6. Serve over pasta or rice.

Source: RecipeBoy.com (shared with permission from the Weelicious Cookbook by Catherine McCord)