Red Penne with Garden Veggie Meatballs

Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 30 mins

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

Ingredients Nutrition


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


Most Helpful

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!

Sue Lau February 16, 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

DustyOne February 11, 2003

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!

Chennymoy June 20, 2011

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