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PESTO PALOOZA SHRIMP AND PORK MEATBALLS ON PASTA WITH PESTO CREAM SAUCE

Pesto Palooza Shrimp And Pork Meatballs On Pasta With Pesto Cream Sauce

I’m involved in a very cool blogger recipe challenge where I am competing against 30 other bloggers to create inventive and out of the box recipes using Foraged & Found Sea Asparagus Pesto.  Yes, that’s right – sea asparagus!  I received several samples to use in my recipe creations and was very curious to try the product.  Spoiler alert!  This pesto is absolutely delicious and packed with classic pesto flavors and a hint of lemon. Superfood sea asparagus (salicornia) is hand-foraged from wild Alaskan beaches and blended with herbs and lemon to create a bright, nutritious pesto that’s perfect with pasta, fish, or veggies.

Pesto Palooza Shrimp And Pork Meatballs On Pasta With Pesto Cream Sauce

So, I started ‘noodling’ (pun intended) ways to use this delicious pesto in a creative, mouth-watering kinda way.  I thought maybe a twist on the classic spaghetti and meatballs?  I love the combination of shrimp and ground pork that is classic in wontons, and thought doing a spin on those flavors, adding the pesto to make meatballs would be delicious… then, just to push it up a notch, I stuffed them with a chunk of gruyere cheese, which is a gooey, delicious surprise when you cut into them.  Served over spaghetti with a decadent veggie and pesto cream sauce, this dish wowed my testers!!

Here’s how I made it.  You can also scroll to the bottom of this post for the full recipe or get it on da blog!

To make your meatballs, combine 1 pound pork, 1 pound raw shrimp chopped, ½ cup pesto, 3 chopped garlic cloves, ¼ cup breadcrumbs, ¼ cup grated parmesan, ¼ cup chopped parsley, 1 egg, ½ teaspoon salt, and 1 teaspoon black pepper in a large bowl.  Massage everything together with your hands until well combined. Form the mixture into balls about the size of a tangerine and then press a 1″ cube of the gruyere cheese into the center and form the mixture securely around the cheese.  You should get about 15 meatballs. Place the meatballs on a plate and put them in the freezer for 30 minutes. This will help them to keep a nice round shape when you cook them.

Pesto Palooza Shrimp And Pork Meatballs On Pasta With Pesto Cream Sauce

Pesto Palooza Shrimp And Pork Meatballs On Pasta With Pesto Cream Sauce

Pesto Palooza Shrimp And Pork Meatballs On Pasta With Pesto Cream Sauce

Preheat oven to 300 degrees.

Heat 3 tablespoons of olive oil in a large deep skillet over medium high heat.   Place the cold meatballs in the hot oil and sear until golden on all sides.  Continue cooking, turning the meatballs, until they are just cooked through and the cheese in the center is melted.  Place the cooked meatballs in a 9”x 13” baking dish and cover with foil.  Place them in the oven to keep warm while you prepare the pasta and sauce.

Pesto Palooza Shrimp And Pork Meatballs On Pasta With Pesto Cream Sauce

To make the sauce, add 1 chopped onion and 3 cloves chopped garlic to the pan drippings from the meatballs and cook until they are soft and fragrant, about 2 minutes.  Add 1 small chopped red bell pepper, 1 small zucchini cut into half-moons, and 1 cup of  mushrooms to the pan.  Season with 1 teaspoon of salt and ½ teaspoon black pepper. Cook, stirring frequently, until the veggies are soft and begin to lightly brown, about 5-6 minutes.

Pesto Palooza Shrimp And Pork Meatballs On Pasta With Pesto Cream Sauce

Add ½ cup of the pesto and 1 ½ cups of heavy cream to the pan and bring to a boil.  Turn the heat down so that the sauce stays at a low boil and gradually stir in ¾ cup of grated parmesan cheese. Let the sauce bubble away for about 5 minutes, stirring occassionally, letting it thicken and reduce.

Pesto Palooza Shrimp And Pork Meatballs On Pasta With Pesto Cream Sauce

Add 1 pound spaghetti, cooked to al dente doneness and the warm meatballs to the sauce and toss to coat. Garnish with basil and serve with more parmesan on the side for sprinkling.

Pesto Palooza Shrimp And Pork Meatballs On Pasta With Pesto Cream Sauce

Pesto Palooza Shrimp And Pork Meatballs On Pasta With Pesto Cream Sauce

PESTO PALOOZA SHRIMP AND PORK MEATBALLS ON PASTA WITH PESTO CREAM SAUCE

The Meatballs:

1-pound ground pork

1-pound raw shrimp, peeled, deveined, and chopped into ½” – 1” pieces

½ cup Foraged & Found Sea Asparagus Pesto

3 garlic cloves, chopped

¼ cup Italian breadcrumbs

¼ cup grated parmesan cheese

¼ fresh flat leaf parsley, chopped

1 egg, beaten

½ teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon black pepper

15, ½” – ¾” cubes gruyere cheese

3 tablespoons olive oil

 

The Sauce:

1 medium onion, chopped

3 garlic cloves, chopped

1 small red bell pepper, chopped

1 small zucchini, cut into ½” thick half moons

1 cup cremini mushrooms, sliced

1 teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon black pepper

½ cup Foraged & Found Sea Asparagus Pesto

1 ½ cups heavy cream

¾ cup grated parmesan cheese

1-pound spaghetti, cooked al dente to package directions

Basil leaves for garnish

To make your meatballs, combine the pork, chopped shrimp, pesto, garlic, breadcrumbs, parmesan, parsley, egg, salt, and black pepper in a large bowl.  Massage everything together with your hands until well combined. Form the mixture into balls about the size of a tangerine and then press one cube of the gruyere cheese into the center and form the mixture securely around the cheese.  Place the meatballs on a plate and put them in the freezer for 30 minutes. This will help them to keep a nice round shape when you cook them.

Preheat oven to 300 degrees.

Heat the olive oil in a large deep skillet over medium high heat.   Place the cold meatballs in the hot oil and sear until golden on all sides.  Continue cooking, turning the meatballs, until they are just cooked through and the cheese in the center is melted.  Place the cooked meatballs in a 9”x 13” baking dish and cover with foil.  Place them in the oven to keep warm while you prepare the pasta and sauce.

Add the onion and garlic to the pan drippings from the meatballs and cook until they are soft and fragrant, about 2 minutes.  Add the red pepper, zucchini, mushrooms, salt, and pepper to the pan.  Cook, stirring frequently, until the veggies are soft and begin to lightly brown, about 5-6 minutes.

Add the pesto and heavy cream to the pan and bring to a boil.  Turn the heat down so that the sauce stays at a low boil and gradually stir in the parmesan cheese. Let the sauce bubble away for about 5 minutes, letting it thicken and reduce.

Add the pasta and meatballs to the sauce and toss to coat. Garnish with basil and serve with more parmesan on the side for sprinkling.

 

To get the Foraged & Found Sea Asparagus Pesto go to:

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