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Feta Meatballs over Pesto Gemelli

Ready for a delicious, flavorful, and hearty meal? Thought so.
This dinner is really a twofer. It’s a simple pasta dish and fully loaded meatballs. You could always make one without the other, but I think they’re quite fantastic when paired together.

// Feta Meatballs over Pesto Gemelli //
serves 4-6  with 18 mini meatballs 

meatballs::

  • 1 lb ground meat [beef or turkey]
  • 1 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp onion powder
  • 2 dashes of worcestershire
  • 1 tbsp dried parsley
  • 1 cup bread crumbs
  • 1 egg, whipped
  • 1 tsp celery salt
  • 1 tbsp red pepper flakes
  • 1 tsp black pepper

pesto gemelli::

  • 16 oz gemelli, cooked
  • 3 tbsp pesto
  • 3 tbsp Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese
  • 1 lemon, for zest
  • 2 tbsp EVOO
  • 1/2 cup shredded carrots
  • 1/2 cup sweet peppers, sliced
  • 1 medium onion, sliced
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 2-3 tbsp fresh basil, chopped
  1. begin by heating oven to 400 degrees. cook pasta al dente, drain, rinse, and reserve on the side. combine pesto, Greek yogurt, parmesan cheese, and red pepper flakes in a large bowl. pour warm pasta into bowl over pesto mixture and combine well. meanwhile saute carrots, onions, and sweet peppers over med-high heat with EVOO. once vegetables are tender, add to pasta mixture along with the zest from one lemon. 
  2. next, line a mini-muffin pan [or baking sheet] with foil and spray with a non-stick spray. then combine all ingredients listed for meatballs in a medium sized mixing bowl. using your hands, create mini meatballs [the smaller the meatballs, the less likely they are to dry out] about two 2 tbsps, and place them on your foil lined baking sheet or mini muffin tin. bake @ 400 degrees for 15 minutes. 
  3. finish by serving meatballs over gemelli pesto pasta and sprinkling basil on top.
This meal comes together beautifully. The lemon zest along side the pesto/Greek yogurt keeps this pasta light and fresh. While the meatballs are juicy, robust and full of feta flavor! An easy summer meal that your friends & family will love!
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  1. I heard through the grapevine that it was really good!!

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