Turkey Pesto Meatballs with a Cream Sauce

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The weather is changing rapidly here in the Northwest.  And I couldn’t be happier.  I love the fall.  We are surrounded by the most beautiful colors right now, crisp fresh air, and soccer.  These cooler days tend to also bring cravings of heartier warm meals.  This meal of turkey meatballs and pasta is a go to dinner for us often.  We have soccer playing kiddos and this meal gives them the fuel they need to stay energized through late evening practices, it also keeps parents from getting hangry, and its super simple to cook up in a flash.  Especially, if you make the meatballs in advance and freeze them for when you need them for another day.  I usually make a double batch of meatballs each time, one to cook that night, and the other to keep in the freezer.

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Serves 5

  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup basil pesto
  • 1 egg
  • box of pasta of choice prepared according to box directions
  • 2 T butter
  • 2 T flour
  • salt, pepper, garlic powder to taste
  • dash of nutmeg
  • 1/4 cup vegetable broth
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream

 

  1. Preheat oven to 350°.  In a large bowl combine ground turkey, parm cheese, pesto, egg, salt and pepper.canon-camera-aug2016-038
  2. With your lovely hands form into palm sized meatballs.  Place in rimmed baking pan.  Cover with foil.  Bake for 25-30 minutes.canon-camera-aug2016-040
  3. While those bake, boil your noodles and prepare the cream sauce.  To prepare the cream sauce heat a saucepan on medium heat, add butter, flour, salt, pepper, garlic powder, and nutmeg continuously stir with a whisk.  Cook for about a minute.canon-camera-aug2016-041
  4. While continuing to whisk add vegetable broth, and then heavy cream.  Continue to whisk until creamy and thickened.  Remove from heat.canon-camera-aug2016-053
  5. Now assemble your comforting warm and hearty meal onto a plate.  Add extra parmesan cheese and pesto if you like, and of course serve it with a delicious vegetable.canon-camera-aug2016-056

 

Here is a quick reality check.  While making this meal, of course life was happening.  My wonderful husband was busy putting away our clean dishes, while I was setting up my egg for its big photo session, when it decided to roll right off the counter.  This photo was not staged, and the egg was hurt in the process.  This is real life.canon-camera-aug2016-037

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