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easy 3-ingredient pesto meatballs

Easy 3-Ingredient Pesto Meatball Recipe

  • Author: Real Good Eats
  • Total Time: 23 minutes
  • Yield: 24 meatballs 1x


This Easy 3-Ingredient Pesto Meatball Recipe will be your new dinner favourite. Pair them with pasta or toss them in a salad for a quick protein addition. These meatballs are great for meal prep on the weekend to add to a quick weeknight meal, or roll and freeze if you’re cooking for a smaller family.



450g ground chicken

1/3 cup panko crumbs or oat bran

¼ cup jarred pesto


  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine chicken, panko and pesto. Salt, to taste. Mix until fully combined.
  2. Roll meat mixture into balls using 1 tbsp mixture per meatball. This recipe will make ~24 meatballs.
  3. Heat 2 tbsp olive oil in a large pan over medium heat. Add the meatballs to the pan and cook until browned on the outside and no longer pink on the inside, stirring and flipping the meatballs throughout. They will cook in about 6-8 minutes, depending on the size.
  4. Remove from the pan and serve with your favourite pasta recipe.
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 8
  • Category: protein
  • Method: Stove top
  • Cuisine: Italian

Keywords: meatballs, pesto, 3-ingredient, ground chicken, panko, easy meatball recipe, simple meatball recipe, protein