Meatballs in Sweet Pepper Sauce

Hello Darlings!

Recently I have been trying to figure out what exactly to call my eating style. It’s true that I am an omnivore but I would say that I am much more of a vegetarian than a carnivore, so I’m a mostly-vegetarian. There really should be a word for that. That being said, I really do enjoy a great pot of meatballs when the mood strikes, and I thought that I would play around with the traditional meatballs-and-tomato-sauce combination and swap sweet peppers for the tomatoes!



For The Sauce:
Sweet Peppers, De-seeded and Chopped
Tomatoes, De-seeded and Chopped
1 Large Sweet Onion, Coarsely Chopped
1 Tbs. Fresh Lemon Juice
4 Garlic Cloves, Minced
Salt and Pepper, To Taste
2 Tbs. Olive Oil



For The Meatballs:
1 Pound Lean Ground Beef
2 Egg Whites, beaten
1 Small Onion, Finely chopped
¾ cup Breadcrumbs
¼ cup Freshly Grated Parmesan Cheese
Salt and Pepper, To Taste

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
2. Add olive oil to a large saucepan. When hot, add coarsely chopped onion and cook until slightly translucent.
3. Add chopped sweet peppers, chopped tomatoes, minced garlic, and salt and pepper to the onions. Bring this to a boil, reduce heat then let simmer for 10-15 minutes, stirring often.

4. While sauce is simmering, combine breadcrumbs, parmesan cheese, finely (emphasis on finely!) chopped onion, and salt an pepper in a large bowl.

5. Add ground beef and beaten egg whites to the mixture and combine well. Shape the mixture into 2-inch balls.
6. Place the meatballs on an aluminum foil lined broiler pan. Bake at 400 degrees for ten minutes or until meatballs are browned.

7. The vegetable sauce mixture should be reduced and quite soft. Feed this mixture through the coarse setting of a food mill, which should remove any remaining skin and create a sauce-like consistency.

8. Return the sauce to the stove and add lemon juice and browned meatballs.

9. Let meatballs simmer in the sauce on low heat for thirty minutes.
10. Serve hot! These taste fabulous on their own or over pasta. Enjoy!

Tink Smelled Meatballs and was Guarding the Pot on the Stove

Two Questions:
1. What is your go-to dish when you are craving protein?
2. If you could name the ‘mostly-vegetarian’ eater what would you call them!?
Let me know in the comments below!

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  1. Lovely meatballs!!! I don't think Tink was guarding the pot, he probably wanted it get in it to snatch those meatballs!!

    Mr. & Mrs. P

  2. I think that the word currently used it Flexitarian. Mark Bittman is using it. But I first heard it back in 2005 when I picked up Myra Kornfeld’s cookbook The Health Hedonist.

  3. This looks yummy! I'd love it if you dropped by my link party @ & shared your recipe! Love that stove you get to cook on btw.
    Thanks for the follow on twitter, now following back & look forward to connecting more! Come by & wow my readers with your recipe!