Turkey meatballs with peperonata

Instead of tomato sauce and spaghetti, these meatballs are served with sweet-and-sour peppers and lentils.


400g essential Waitrose turkey mince
50g fresh breadcrumbs
1 essential Waitrose egg
3 tbsp fresh green pesto
1 tbsp olive oil
2 x 400g cans lentils, drained and rinsed
small handful basil leaves

4 large mixed peppers
2 tbsp olive oil
2 essential Waitrose red onions, finely sliced
2 garlic cloves, sliced
2 tbsp sherry vinegar
pinch caster sugar 


1 For the peperonata, slice the peppers into 2cm strips; discard the cores and stalks. Put the oil in a large frying pan over a medium heat and fry the peppers, onion and a pinch of salt for 10 minutes, stirring often, until soft. Add the garlic, vinegar and sugar, and cook for 5 minutes until sticky.   

2 Meanwhile, combine the turkey, breadcrumbs, egg and 1 tbsp pesto; season. Roll into 20 meatballs, each the size of a small walnut. Heat the oil in a second, large frying pan over a medium-high heat and cook the meatballs for 10-15 minutes, turning until golden and cooked through. 

3 Warm the lentils and 1 tbsp pesto in a pan. Season, then divide among plates and top with the peperonata and meatballs, remaining 1 tbsp pesto and the basil. 

Turkey meatballs with peperonata
  • Preparation time: 15 minutes
  • Cooking time: 20 minutes

Makes: 20 meatballs Serves: 4

Nutritional Info

Typical values per serving:

Energy 2,304kj
Fat 26.1g
Saturated Fat 6.6g
Carbohydrate 37.7g
Sugars 15.4g
Protein 41g
Salt 0.6g
Fibre 11.2g

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This recipe was first published in Tue Jul 05 10:56:36 BST 2016.