Penne and Meatballs with Red Pepper Sauce

Total Time
15 mins
30 mins

Low fat chicken meatballs have the subtle flavor of cumin in a light and creamy sweet red pepper sauce.

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  1. Cook penne pasta according to package directions; drain, rinse, and keep warm.
  2. In a bowl, combine chicken, bread crumbs, egg, cumin, garlic, parsley flakes, salt, and pepper.
  3. Mix and shape into 1 inch meatballs.
  4. Spray a non-stick skillet and lightly brown meatballs, about 10 minutes.
  5. (NOTE: YOU CAN ROAST RED PEPPER IN 425F OVEN FOR 20 MINUTES IF DESIRED. REMOVE SEEDS AND SKIN BEFORE USING. THIS STEP IS OPTIONAL) Seed red pepper and quarter; place in blender with chicken broth; pulse until pepper is pureed.
  6. Add blender contents to skillet with garlic and green onion; simmer, UNCOVERED, 15 minutes or until liquid is REDUCED BY HALF.
  7. Remove meatballs to a plate.
  8. In blender, combine evaporated milk and flour; buzz until blended.
  9. Add evaporated milk to skillet and whisk until contents of skillet come to a boil; continue to cook 1-2 minutes.
  10. Add dry sherry and hot pepper sauce if desired, and salt and pepper to taste.
  11. Return meatballs to pan.
  12. Serve over hot penne pasta.
Most Helpful

2 5

I'm sorry but my family didn't care for this one. We didn't really like the meatballs or the sauce. Again I'm sorry, just not our taste I guess.

5 5

What a terrific recipe! I adored the red pepper sauce and can't wait to try it with roasted peppers next time. I substituted turkey but will definitely use chicken next time for the finer, smoother texture and I'll bake the meatballs next time just because that's easier than pan frying. This makes a beautiful presentation and it's not difficult to make. Congratulations, papergoddess, this is a winner in my cookbook.

4 5

The meatballs in this recipe are amazingly flavourful! (I baked them in the oven for about 25 minutes so I didn't have to stand at the stove & watch them.) However, the sauce was a little bland. But, I was so impressed with how low the fat content was in this dish.