Pesto Meatballs and Couscous

Pesto Meatballs and Couscous Recipe
Photo: Kirsten Strecker

Recipe from

Real Simple

Nutritional Information

Calories 929
Caloriesfromfat 53 %
Fat 55 g
Satfat 14 g
Cholesterol 173 mg
Sodium 974 mg
Carbohydrate 60 g
Fiber 4 g
Sugars 3 g
Protein 45 g

Ingredients

3 tablespoons olive oil, plus more for the pan
1 1/2 pounds ground beef
1/2 cup dried bread crumbs
3/4 cup store-bought pesto
1 large egg
1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
3/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 10-ounce box couscous
1/4 cup (1 ounce) grated Parmesan (optional)

Preparation

Heat toaster oven to 350° F. Drizzle 2 tablespoons of the oil over the toaster-oven baking tray and tilt to coat.

In a large bowl, combine the beef, bread crumbs, 1/2 cup of the pesto, the egg, salt, and pepper. With your hands, mix just until combined. Shape the mixture into 12 meatballs, using about 1/4 cup for each. Transfer the meatballs to tray. Bake for 15 minutes. Turn and bake until cooked through, about 10 minutes more.

Meanwhile, prepare the couscous according to the package directions.

In a small bowl, combine the remaining pesto and oil. Spoon the mixture over the cooked meatballs and turn to coat. Divide the meatballs and couscous among individual plates and sprinkle with the Parmesan (if using).

Note:

Frank Mentesana,

Real Simple

September 2006
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