Kale Pesto Meatball Sub

Kale Pesto Meatball Sub Recipe

I have a serious issue with wasting food. If there is a scrap or two on Wyatt or Kerry’s plate, then I will shove it in my mouth no matter how full I am. So, when it comes to leftovers I tend to always find a way to craft them into a new meal. Though the rest of the family may not always agree with my concoctions, in this instance everyone loved the Kale Pesto Meatball Subs!

Earlier in the week Kerry came up with a delicious and healthy kale pesto. It was amazing on pasta, and there was a full jar of it left over. I took the pesto, and reworked it into delicious chicken meatballs, along with using it as a condiment on the buns. Once Wyatt got past that fact that his meatballs were green and not brown, he gobbled them up.

One other idea I had for the pesto was tossing some steamed broccoli in it… but that didn’t seem to warrant a full post. If you’ve tried some different ideas with your leftover pesto please let us know!

Kale Pesto Meatball Sub Recipe

Serves 4
Allergy Tree Nuts
Meal type Main Dish
Misc Serve Hot


  • 1lb Ground Meat (I used chicken)
  • 8 heaped tablespoons Kale Pesto (Some for the meatballs / Some for the bread)
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher Salt
  • 2 tablespoons Bread Crumbs (I used panko)
  • 1/4 cup Peorino Romano
  • 4 Sub Rolls
  • 4 medium slices Provolone


Step 1
Preheat your oven to 350°.
Add Salt & 4 Heaping Tsp. of the Pesto to the Ground Chicken. Mix it together until combined by hand. (Don't over mix, it will make the meatballs tough)
Step 2
Add the Pecorino and mix by hand.
Step 3
Place some parchment on a baking sheet and roll out some golf ball sized meatballs.
Bake for 20 minutes. (Time may vary depending on your oven)
Step 4
While the meatballs are cooking slice into your sub rolls.
Spread the remaining Pesto in the rolls.
Step 5
Once the meatballs are cooked add them to the rolls. Ours were extra long, so we only got 3 subs out of them... I also crammed more meatballs into it than I should have.
Step 6
Top each one with a slice of provolone and broil until the cheese starts to bubble or the bread starts to char.

Kale Pesto Meatball Sub
Step 7
Hope you enjoy these as much as we did!

2 replies
  1. Melinda
    Melinda says:

    We used it on homemade bbq chicken pizza and a more traditional tomatoe based pepporoni pizza tonight. Both were excellent! It also makes a great sandwich condiment. It freezes pretty well too. Thanks for the recipe!

    • kerrycolin
      kerrycolin says:

      Thanks for the comment and for the ideas! We just bought a big bag of kale from BJ’s, so I think it’s time for pizza!


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