These healthy turkey meatballs are first baked in the oven and then mixed with a super delicious red pepper sauce. I learned how to cook this red pepper sauce when I was living in Austria. I had a friend who cooked the most amazing stuffed bell peppers with this super delicious red pepper sauce.
This time I decided to pair the sauce with healthy turkey meatballs and it turned out amazing!
Don’t worry about the number of ingredients. This recipe is really easy to make. For the sauce, you just need to put the liquids, spices and red bell pepper chunks in a pot and cook it for about 40 minutes. In the meantime, you can make the meatballs. Once the meatballs are in the oven, puree the peppers. Then place the meatballs into the sauce and you are done.
This recipe (or should I say these 2 recipes? ) is very versatile. You can use the sauce recipe with other dishes or serve the healthy turkey meatballs with a different kind of sauce.
For the Red Pepper Sauce:
- 2 Tbsp olive oil
- 1/2 medium onion, thinly sliced
- 1/2 cup chicken broth
- 1/4 cup white vinegar
- 1 Tbsp coconut sugar or regular white sugar
- 1 Tbsp red paprika
- 1/2 Tbsp garlic powder
- 4 large red bell peppers, cored and chopped into large chunks
- salt and pepper to taste
For the Turkey Meatballs:
- 1 1/2 pound ground turkey
- 2 Tbsp tomato paste
- 1 free range egg
- 1/4 cup bread crumbs
- 1/2 Tbsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp salt
- In a medium pot, heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil over medium heat. Add the onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion starts to caramelize, for about 6 minutes.
- Add the chicken broth, white vinegar, sugar, red paprika and garlic powder. Mix to combine and add the bell pepper. Stir so that the bell pepper is covered in the broth and spices. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat. Cover and cook for 40 minutes until the pepper is soft.
- Puree the peppers using an immersion blender or transfer the peppers into a kitchen processor and blend until smooth. (I prefer a food processor, I think it does a better job. On the other hand, an immersion blender is more convenient).
- Taste the sauce and season with salt and pepper if desired.
- In the meantime, preheat the oven to 400F.
- Place the ground turkey in a bowl. Add the tomato paste, egg, bread crumbs, garlic powder and salt. Mix well to combine.
- Using a tablespoon or your hands, scoop the turkey mixture and form it into small meatballs. Place the meatballs on a baking sheet setting them 1 inch apart. Bake the meatballs for about 20 minutes or until cooked through.
- Transfer the meatballs into the sauce. Bring to a simmer and turn off the heat.
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Serving Size4 meatballs
Amount Per ServingCalories 299Total Fat 14.8gSaturated Fat 3.3gTrans Fat 0.1gUnsaturated Fat 10.1gCholesterol 105.5mgSodium 574.6mgCarbohydrates 15.6gFiber 3.2gSugar 8gProtein 26g