Tonight I made a spaghetti dinner for my missional community. I had to worked overnight the night before, so I needed to come up with something that could cook on its own as I slept. I found this slow-cooker recipe that turned out to be very good. It had a little kick to it as you first taste it because of the red peppers, but then it gets more mild as it sits and the flavors really sink in. I ended up having 10 people and 4 kids from my church in my little apartment. I really enjoy having a chance to host and be a blessing to others. There are some great cooks in my MC, so I get a lot of good critiques from them. I made some garlic bread and vegetables to go along with the meal. I also cooked up some gluten-free pasta for the ones with sensitive stomachs. We had a great night of food and fellowship in my home. I also had my kids and they enjoyed having the company over.
TURKEY MEATBALLS IN PAPRIKA TOMATO SAUCE
- 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 2 onions, finely chopped
- 2 ribs celery, finely chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
- One 14.5-ounce can diced fire-roasted tomatoes
- One 12-ounce jar roasted red peppers, drained
- 2 tablespoons paprika
- Salt and pepper
- 1/2 cup unseasoned bread crumbs
- 1 egg, beaten
- 1-1/2 pounds ground dark meat turkey
Serve with spaghetti.
- In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the onions, celery and garlic and cook, stirring often, until softened, 7 minutes. Transfer 1 1/3 cups of the onion mixture to a large bowl; let cool. Reserve the skillet.
- Using a food processor, puree the tomatoes and roasted peppers. Add the puree to the skillet and bring to a boil over medium heat. Stir in the paprika and season with salt and pepper; transfer to a large slow cooker, cover and set to low temperature.
- Whisk the breadcrumbs, egg, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper into the remaining onion mixture. Mix in the turkey. Form 1 1/2-inch meatballs. Add the meatballs to the slow cooker. Cover and cook on low heat for 6 hours.