Turkey Pesto Meatloaf Spiral with Bacon

I don’t know if this dish could possibly have a longer name, but I just felt there was no easy way to simplify it. This dish takes some effort to prep, but as soon as it is in the oven the work is done. Ground turkey is great to cook with and unlike ground beef it won’t let off much fat. The only draw back in making a meatloaf with turkey is that it tends to taste a little dry unless doctored up, so I figured the best way to improve this problem would be to wrap the loaf in bacon. Yep that’s right bacon! I tried this once before with a ground beef based loaf and it was a greasy mess, but with the turkey it works beautifully. Another trick to avoid the grease and end up with a crispy bacon crust is to form the loaf shape and then cook it in a small roasting pan with a rack. This allows the grease to drain off. This pesto spiral adds a ton of yummy flavor to this dish as well and the presentation is amazing.


  • 2 lbs Ground Turkey
  • 1/2 cup Kraft Parmesan
  • 1/2 cup Pesto
  • 1 teaspoon Freshly Ground Pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • 1 Egg, Beaten
  • 8 Strips of Bacon
  1. Preheat oven 400°f.
  2. In a bowl mix turkey, garlic powder, pepper, parmesan and the egg with your hands. 
  3. On a sheet of wax paper layout the turkey mixture. 
  4. Spread the Pesto on top. 
  5. Roll up the turkey while holding an edge of the wax paper. 
  6. Lay bacon strips out on the board and wrap the bacon around the turkey and secure with toothpicks if needed.
  7. Transfer the meatloaf to a small roasting pan with rack.
  8. Bake for 45 mins until internal temp is 160°f. Make slices 1″ wide. Enjoy!
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