Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Dorm Room Dinner: Easy Pesto Meatball Subs

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One of my blog resolutions this year is to boost up my Dorm Room Dinner category.  I feel like I constantly cook with leftovers but forget to write them down or photograph them.  I'm going to try and change that, starting today!

When I came in fourth place in the Cooked Perfect Meatball Madness competition, I received a year's supply of free meatballs.  I like that they're frozen and so easy to use.  I gave a lot of the coupons to my sisters, who, as you know, are trying to navigate their dorms and/or food for the first time.  With it, I also suggested using these meatballs to make this easy pesto sub.

John and I made these to celebrate New Year's Eve along with a variety of appetizers, most of which have already been written about on the blog!  It was a nice way to celebrate the end of the year.  These are so easy that with frozen meatballs you only need 5 ingredients.  We had leftover meatballs from spaghetti and meatballs earlier in the week so I used those.  Either way, they are delicious.
Easy Pesto Meatball Subs
Serves:  4
1 pound ground turkey
1/4 cup prepared pesto
1 egg
1/2 cup breadcrumbs
1 cup red sauce
1 cup mozzerella cheese
4 sub rolls

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.  Combine the ground turkey, pesto, egg, and breadcrumbs.  With your hands, make 12 large meatballs.  Set in a shallow baking dish and bake for 35 minutes, until fully cooked.  Keep the oven on.  Meanwhile, spoon half of the red sauce evenly in the middle of the sub rolls.  Top with meatballs and cover with the remaining red sauce.  Sprinkle cheese over the meatballs and bake in the oven for about 5 minutes, until cheese has melted.  Serve immediately.

Note:  If you use frozen meatballs, use 12-15 depending on size and that will replace the first 4 ingredients. Heat the meatballs in a skillet with 1/2 cup of prepared pesto (maybe more depending on size).  This will give you the same flavors as my homemade meatballs.

Until the next time my oven is on...

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