TURKEY: Arugula Pesto Meatballs

E and I eat A LOT of ground turkey. It is inexpensive and very versatile. It is also MUCH healthier than beef. I am always looking for new and interesting ways to use ground turkey. I was getting sick of my usual meatball recipe, so I decided to change it up a bit and add pesto. And not just any pesto… I made some fresh arugula pesto! While the meatballs were green and looked a little like falafel balls, they¬†were very flavorful and moist. I served them with a side salad dressed with the tahini dressing from my green bean recipe. It was delicious! We will definitely be making this one again soon.

TURKEY: Arugula Pesto Meatballs

TURKEY: Arugula Pesto Meatballs

TURKEY: Arugula Pesto Meatballs

TURKEY: Arugula Pesto Meatballs


Arugula Pesto

Arugula, 2 cups

Garlic, 3 cloves

Sea Salt

Fresh Ground Pepper

Extra Virgin Olive Oil (“EVOO”)

Pine Nuts, 1/4 cup


Empire Kosher Ground Turkey, 1 package

Trader Joe’s Rolled Oats, 1/2 cup

Sea Salt

Fresh Ground Pepper

Arugula Pesto


  1. Combine all of the pesto ingredients into your Food Processor. Pulse until smooth. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl mix the ground turkey, sea salt, pepper, rolled oats and arugula pesto together. I use my hands for this but I always wear gloves! Once fully combined, mold into meatballs.
  3. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  4. Heat your skillet up on the stovetop. Add EVOO to the skillet. Once the EVOO is shimmering, slowly add the meatballs to the skillet. Once they are browned on each side, remove from the skillet and place them on a foil lined, Pam sprayed roasting pan.
  5. Bake the meatballs in the oven for 10-15 minutes, or until cooked all the way through.
  6. Serve with your favorite salad or sauce!


  1. October 13, 2016 / 2:14 pm

    Omg these sound soooo good right now!! What a yummy and creative take on meatballs. Have any leftovers? ; )

    Meaghan xx

    • October 13, 2016 / 2:48 pm

      We did have leftovers! We took them for lunch the next day!

  2. October 13, 2016 / 2:33 pm

    Omg yumm! My tummy was growling as I read this haha. I am so making this for me and my husband this weekend. Thanks for sharing lady!


  3. October 13, 2016 / 3:33 pm

    These look amazing & super easy peasy to make! Thank you for sharing!

  4. October 13, 2016 / 3:51 pm

    These turkey meatballs sound delicious and super easy to make! Thanks for sharing! XX

  5. October 13, 2016 / 4:25 pm

    Those meatballs look delicious. I’m like you in that I like to eat ground turkey. I am always looking for new ways to use it.

  6. October 13, 2016 / 6:56 pm

    This looks amazing!! I’m always looking for new ways to use ground turkey or ground chicken. Thanks for sharing! Xo ~Anna http://www.pepperedinstyle.com