Turkey Pesto Meatballs in Red Wine Sauce

Sauce Ingredients:

  • 1/8c olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 TB onion powder
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 3/4c red wine
  • 1 can San Marzano whole tomatoes
  • Salt & pepper
  • 1 TB italian seasoning
  • 1/2c cream
  • 3/4c grated parmesan

Meatball ingredients:

  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 1/4c pesto (can use either Babes On Broad recipe or store bought)
  • 1/2c breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 2 TB olive oil for frying
  1. In a large saucepan, heat oil over medium heat. Add in garlic and cook until fragrant, about 3 minutes.
  2. Add onion powder and red pepper flakes. Cook for another 2 minutes.
  3. Add in wine, cover and simmer until reduced by about half.
  4. Add in tomatoes and juice, Italian seasoning, and salt & pepper. Cover and simmer for 20 minutes.
  5. While the sauce is cooking, prep meatballs by mixing all ingredients in a bowl. Heat oil in pan, roll turkey mix into balls and fry. About 6 minutes on each side.
  6. While meatballs are cooking, dump sauce into a blender, blend until smooth and add back to pan. Add cream and grated cheese.
  7. Add in meatballs, season with basil, cover and simmer for another 10 minutes to finish cooking meatballs through.
  8. Serve on their own or with pasta!

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