These pesto meatball melts are a acceptable weeknight meal! Pesto turkey meatballs on a balmy baguette with lots of cheese. Delish!

Have a ton of garden basil blind around? I’ve got you covered!

pesto meatball melts

These pesto meatball melts accomplish for the best acceptable weeknight meal. They are cool able and a abundant way to advance some pesto you may accept at the end of the summer season! 

pesto on a baguette

This is one of those commons that I *thought* would be good, but didn’t apprehend aloof HOW acceptable it would be until I started authoritative it regularly. 

Oh my word. 

We ADULATION this dish. It’s so aged and a altered way to adore meatballs.

turkey pesto meatballs

I got the abstraction of the cook from my french onion meatballs. Adulation confined those on top of sourdough. I didn’t appetite to accomplish a abounding absolute meatball sub with these, but I knew I capital to do article abominable and sandwichy.

Sandwichy. I assumption that’s a chat now. 

So meatball melts were born! 

pesto meatball melts

I like application broken baguettes here, but of advance you could use acknowledgment or alike a bun if it’s what you accept on hand. And my alternative is to use arena turkey, but of advance you can use arena craven or beef too!

I adulation abacus the pesto to meatballs because it’s like the pesto is alive overtime for you. The pesto is already loaded with basil and garlic and parmesan. Abacus that to the meatballs agency it’s about all we accept to add – no charge for a ton of stuff! I do this in my mini pesto meatball soup and it’s perfect.

pesto meatball melts

After testing these a few times, I absitively that I do like a little added parmesan. I know, shocking. But added than that, it’s absolutely aloof the pesto, some breadcrumbs and eggs to accompany it all together. So cool simple and such a abundant way to use up basil from the garden or addition affectionate of pesto you may have.

I adulation authoritative beginning pesto – I accomplish a accumulation about every distinct week. I additionally will benumb it at the end of the summer division so I consistently accept it on hand. However! If you’re in a compression and appetite to accompany a aged meal together, you can consistently use your admired store-bought pesto. It absolutely is that easy.

pesto meatball melts

So aback to the melts.

I like to advance pesto on the baguette too. Yes, if you haven’t ample this out by now, it is for pesto lovers! Top pesto-covered baguettes with meatballs, top with cheese and bandy in the oven for a few minutes. 

This is heavenly!

pesto meatball melts

You can serve them for dinner, of course. You could additionally accomplish them a bold day bite by slicing the baguette into bite-size squares and topping with aloof one meatball. So like little meatball cook squares. Absolutely the options are endless.

They’re balmy and abominable and balmy and so hearty. We adulation ’em!

pesto meatball melts

Pesto Meatball Melts

Pesto Meatball Melts

These pesto meatball melts are a acceptable weeknight meal! Pesto turkey meatballs on a balmy baguette with lots of cheese. Delish!
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  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pound ground turkey, (I like to use 94%)
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • ½ cup seasoned breadcrumbs
  • cup pesto, homemade or prepared
  • ¼ cup finely grated parmesan cheese
  • kosher alkali and pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil


  • 1 baguette, about 10 to 12 inches long
  • ½ cup pesto, or added if you’re absolutely a pesto fanatic
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese, for topping
  • parmesan cheese, for topping
  • fresh basil, for topping


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  • In a ample bowl, amalgamate the arena turkey with the egg, breadcrumbs, pesto, parmesan cheese and a big compression of alkali and pepper. Mix to amalgamate - but don’t overmix!
  • Roll the admixture into meatballs - I like abundance to be about 1-inch in size. I acquisition that wetting your easily with algid baptize helps the meatballs appear calm smoothly.
  • Heat the olive oil in a ample oven-safe bucket over average heat. Add the meatballs in a distinct band and amber all over. Aloof baker until they are aureate brown, again bung them and baker on the added sides. Don’t overcook because we’re activity to stick them in the oven!
  • Once the meatballs are browned, abode the bucket in the oven for 8 to 10 minutes, or until the centralized temperature of the meatballs alcove 165 degrees F.
  • While the meatballs are in the oven, allotment the baguette in bisected lengthwise. Abode it on a baking sheet. Advance the pesto on the baguette.
  • Once the meatballs are finished, abolish them from the bucket and abode them on the pesto covered-ed baguette. Sometimes I allotment them in bisected afore agreement them on the aliment - sometimes leave them whole. It’s absolutely your preference!
  • Top with mozzarella cheese. Broil for 10 to 15 minutes, or until the cheese is aureate and melty.
  • Top with parmesan and basil. Allotment and serve!

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pesto meatball melts

I get the aureate aerated cheese!