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Baked Pesto Pork Meatballs with Creamy Gnocchi

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Ground pork meatballs are seasoned with Alessi pesto and served with gluten free gnocchi tossed in a creamy bacon porcini mushroom sauce makes for a delicious and elegant main dish. Simple to make, economical and it puts the wow factor into your home cooked meal!

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I made these baked pesto pork meatballs with pastured ground pork, Alessi Pesto and gluten free breadcrumbs. Then I baked them on a parchment lined baking sheet at 375 degrees for 30 minutes. While the meatballs were baking, I made a creamy sauce using milk, half and half, uncured bacon, porcini mushroom powder (made by grinding Alessi dried porcini mushrooms) and garlic. I tossed the cooked Alessi gluten free gnocchi in the sauce and served it with some of the baked pesto pork meatballs. Then I drizzled the meatballs and pasta with Alessi balsamic reduction. SO GOOD!

Baked Pesto Pork Meatballs with Creamy Gnocchi

Yield: 2 Servings (plus extra meatballs)
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

Ingredients

  • For The Meatballs
  • 1lb ground pork
  • 1/4 C Alessi Pesto
  • 1/2 tsp Alessi Sea Salt
  • 1/2 C gluten free panko
  • For the Gnocchi
  • 1 12oz package of Alessi Gluten Free Gnocchi
  • 2 slices of uncured bacon, chopped
  • 1/4 C unsalted butter
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp tapioca flour
  • 1/2 tbsp porcini mushroom powder (grind Alessi dried porcini mushrooms in a food processor)
  • 1/2 C whole milk
  • 1/2 C half and half
  • Ancho chili powder, salt and pepper to taste
  • Alessi Balsamic Reduction for drizzling
  • Fresh chopped parsley for garnish

Instructions

For the Meatballs

  1. Preheat oven to 375
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper
  3. Make the meatballs by combining the ground pork, pesto, salt and bread crumbs. Mix well. Then form into approximately 1.3 ounce meatballs (makes about 15 meatballs).
  4. Place the meatballs on the parchment lined baking sheet and bake at 375 for 30 minutes. Flip the meatballs halfway through baking to keep a consistent shape (so they don't end up flat on one side.

For the Gnocchi (make while the meatballs are baking)

  1. Cook the Gnocchi according to package directions. Drain and set aside.
  2. Heat a large sauce pan or skillet over medium high heat. Add the bacon and cook until crisp.
  3. Reduce heat to medium and add the garlic and butter and stir until the butter is melted. Be sure to not burn the garlic.
  4. Sprinkle the mixture with the tapioca flour and mushroom powder. Stir until combined.
  5. Gradually add the milk and half and half, stirring or whisking constantly until all milk/half and half is added and the mixture is smooth.
  6. Taste and add ancho chili powder and salt to taste.
  7. Add the gnocchi to the sauce and mix well until coated.

Serve

  1. Divide the gnocchi/sauce mixture between two plates or large bowls. Top with 3-4 meatballs.
  2. Save remaining meatballs for another meal, meatball subs or another pasta dish. Or serve as an appetizer!

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One comment on “Baked Pesto Pork Meatballs with Creamy Gnocchi”

  1. I have never made pork meatballs before but I love pesto and I love mushrooms so when I saw porcini mushroom powder in the ingredients, I was sold! I am pinning now to make soon!