Pesto Turkey Meatball Sandwich

Cheesy Pesto Turkey Meatball Sandwich (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Pesto Turkey Meatball Sandwich. My neighbor grows oregano, parsley, and basil in her garden. Like me, she’ll have an abundance of herbs at the end of the growing season. We both use the herb surplus to make pesto. I’m always looking for new ways to use pesto and came up with this Pesto Turkey Meatball Sandwich.

Cheesy Pesto Turkey Meatball Sandwich (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)
Cheesy Pesto Turkey Meatball Sandwich (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

You don’t have to wait until the end of the growing season to try my Pesto Turkey Meatball Sandwich. This sandwich is similar to my Hearty Meatball Sandwich except that pesto is used for the sauce. It doesn’t take much pesto to make a good sauce. I make a variety of pestos depending on my ingredients at the time. My easy Basil Arugula Pesto and Spring Mix Pesto are probably my favorites.

I like to make my own basil pesto (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)
I like to make my own basil pesto (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

For this recipe, I use my Easy Turkey Meatballs. You can use my meatball recipe, make your own, or buy premade meatballs.

Pesto Turkey Meatball Sandwich  (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)
Pesto Turkey Meatball Sandwich (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Start by lighly toasting some sandwich rolls under the broiler and then set them aside. Heat some pre-cooked meatballs in a saute pan with some butter.

Easy Turkey Meatballs from my recipe elsewhere on this site! (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)
Easy Turkey Meatballs from my recipe elsewhere on this site! (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

When the meatballs are warmed through, stir in some pesto.

Stir the meatballs and the pesto (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)
Stir the meatballs and the pesto (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Add a pinch of red pepper flakes if you like a bit of extra heat. Assemble the sandwiches by placing an equal number of meatballs on each roll. Drizzle the remaining pesto sauce over the meatballs. Cover the meatballs with some shredded mozzarella cheese. Broil the sandwiches until the cheese melts, and serve!

Broil the sandwiches until the cheese melts (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)
Broil the sandwiches until the cheese melts (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

This is such a gorgeous sandwich that you might not want to eat it. Just kidding.

Fresh from the oven and ready to eat: Pesto Turkey Meatball Sandwich (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)
Fresh from the oven and ready to eat: Pesto Turkey Meatball Sandwich (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Enjoy!

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From the kitchen of A Food Lover’s Delight….

Pesto Turkey Meatball Sandwich

Ingredients:

2 sandwich or sub rolls, split
2 T butter
8 – 12 pre-cooked Easy Turkey Meatballs
1/4 c homemade pesto or store-bought pesto
1 pinch red pepper flakes (optional)
1 c shredded mozzarella cheese

Method:

1. Lighly toast the sandwich rolls under the broiler and then set them aside.
2. Heat the butter in a saute pan over medium-low heat.
3. Add the pre-cooked meatballs and lightly saute in the butter.
4. When the meatballs are warmed through, stir in the pesto and the optional red pepper flakes.
5. Assemble the sandwiches by placing an equal number of meatballs on each roll.
6. Spoon the remaining sauce over the meatballs and spread onto the sandwich rolls.
7. Cover the meatballs with some shredded mozzarella cheese.
8. Broil the sandwiches in the oven until the cheese melts taking care not to burn the edges of the rolls.
9. Place each sandwich on a serving plate, cut in half to reveal that pesto, and serve!

Makes two tasty meatball sandwiches. Offer with a side salad such as my Insalata Caprese or a light Simple Cucumber Salad.

Variations: Use your favorite beef, veal, chicken, or other meatballs. Substitute olive oil for the butter. Omit the cheese if you are watching your dairy intake. Add some sliced fresh tomato and/or some sliced sauteed mushrooms to the sandwiches before you add the cheese.

Ooey Gooey Pesto Turkey Meatball Sandwich (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)
Ooey Gooey Pesto Turkey Meatball Sandwich (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Buy a large supply of frozen turkey meatballs at Amazon.com:

And order some pesto to keep on hand if you don’t have time to make it yourself.

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