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Here's how to make turkey meatballs into a meal: toss them into a casserole with orzo, pancetta, and plenty of cheese. This baked turkey meatball recipe is hearty and a hit with kids and adults.

Source: Better Homes and Gardens

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Recipe Summary

prep:
40 mins
bake:
25 mins
total:
1 hr 5 mins
Servings:
6
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 400°F. Lightly coat a 3-quart rectangular baking dish with cooking spray; set aside.

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  • In a 4-quart Dutch oven bring broth to boiling. Stir in orzo. Cook, uncovered, for 6 to 7 minutes or until orzo is almost tender and liquid is absorbed, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat.

  • In a large skillet cook and stir pancetta over medium heat until brown and crisp. Using a slotted spoon, remove pancetta and drain on paper towels, reserving 1 tablespoon drippings in skillet. Add onion to the reserved drippings; cook over medium heat for 3 to 4 minutes or until tender, stirring occasionally. Add garlic; cook and stir for 1 minute. Remove from heat. Add wine, stirring to scrape up crusty brown bits. Return to heat and simmer, uncovered, about 5 minutes or until wine is reduced by half. Add wine mixture to orzo in Dutch oven. Stir in pancetta, provolone cheese, roasted peppers, whipping cream, salt, and black pepper. Transfer mixture to the prepared baking dish.

  • Add meatballs to baking dish, pressing lightly into orzo mixture. In a small bowl combine panko, Parmesan cheese, and thyme. Drizzle with oil; toss to coat. Sprinkle mixture over meatballs and orzo mixture.

  • Bake, uncovered, about 25 minutes or until bubbly and crumbs are golden. If desired, sprinkle with parsley.

Nutrition Facts

743 calories; fat 32g; cholesterol 81mg; saturated fat 12g; carbohydrates 72g; mono fat 7g; poly fat 1g; insoluble fiber 3g; sugars 5g; protein 35g; vitamin a 485.9IU; vitamin c 36.6mg; thiamin 0.7mg; riboflavin 0.4mg; niacin equivalents 6.7mg; vitamin b6 0.2mg; folate 193.5mcg; vitamin b12 0.5mcg; sodium 1211mg; potassium 451mg; calcium 313mg; iron 4.7mg.
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