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    Red Penne with Garden Veggie Meatballs

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    45 mins

    15 mins

    30 mins

    Malriah's Note:

    A lighter, more diet friendly version of an old favorite. For submission to the Ready, Set, Cook #3 contest.

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    • 1 small zucchini, grated
    • 1/4 cup sweet corn
    • 1 (7 ounce) jar roasted red peppers, drained and diced fine,divided in half
    • 1/2 large onion, diced fine
    • 3 cloves garlic, minced
    • 1 lb ground chicken (or turkey)
    • 1 egg, lightly beaten
    • breadcrumbs, enough to bind
    • salt and pepper

    red penne


    1. 1
    2. 2
      Put chicken in a large bowl.
    3. 3
      Add salt and pepper.
    4. 4
      With your hands, mix in all other ingredients and form into 1 1/2 inch balls.
    5. 5
      Brown balls in a tiny bit of oil.
    6. 6
      --ForRed Penne--.
    7. 7
      Saute onion, garlic, red and green peppers,mushrooms and red pepper flakes in the olive oil until onions are translucent.
    8. 8
      Add tomato sauce and tomatoes; simmer for approximately 5 minutes.
    9. 9
      Add basil, salt and pepper to taste and sugar (if needed).
    10. 10
      Add browned meatballs and simmer for 15 minutes.
    11. 11
      Cook and drain penne according to package directions.
    12. 12
      Toss penne with sauce,meatballs and asiago cheese and serve on warm plates with a side of garlic bread.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on February 16, 2003


      This dish was fairly easy to prepare, and it was nice to have a dish that was lighter and healthier. The meatballs were very moist, tender and flavorful, without an overwhelming sense of vegetables. The sauce was very flavorful and tomato-ey and went well with the meatballs to make a nice pasta dish. Good luck in the contest!

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    • on February 11, 2003


      Not only is this the first recipe that I have tried from the contest, it is also the first recipe that I have tried from this website. If this recipe is an indication of what is in store, I will be coming back for a long time! The meatballs were interesting and the sauce was very tasty. The garlic bread was a great suggestion! DustyOne

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    • on June 20, 2011


      The kids loved it and I love that it has veggies right in the meatballs. I did add some parmesan cheese to the meatball and after browning it I added them to bottled sauce and let it simmer for about 15 minutes. Delicious!

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    Nutritional Facts for Red Penne with Garden Veggie Meatballs

    Serving Size: 1 (410 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 4

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 711.7
    Calories from Fat 153
    Total Fat 17.0 g
    Saturated Fat 3.9 g
    Cholesterol 144.0 mg
    Sodium 1379.4 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 111.3 g
    Dietary Fiber 17.7 g
    Sugars 11.3 g
    Protein 34.4 g

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    asiago cheese

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