Penne and Meatballs with Red Pepper Sauce

Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 30 mins

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

Ingredients Nutrition


  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

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.

iluvmythomas October 07, 2004

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.

sugarpea September 06, 2004

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.

Debbb September 01, 2004

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