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4 servings (serving size: 1 cup pasta and 1 1/2 cups meatball mixture)

This recipe illustrates how layering salt throughout cooking brings all the flavors of a dish together. The pasta cooks in salted water. The sauce gets seasoned at a couple of steps along the way--first to enhance the flavor of the onion and bell peppers, and later to tame the sharpness of the tomatoes and vinegar.

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat oven to 400°.

Step 2

To prepare meatballs, place bread in a food processor; pulse 10 times or until fine crumbs measure 1/2 cup. Combine breadcrumbs, 1/3 cup onion, and next 8 ingredients (1/3 cup onion through turkey); stir well to combine. Lightly coat hands with cooking spray. Shape turkey mixture into 20 (1-inch) meatballs. Place on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray. Bake at 400° for 12 minutes or until done; cover and keep warm.

Step 3

To prepare sauce, heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add 3/4 cup onion; sauté 3 minutes. Add garlic; sauté 1 minute. Add bell peppers and 1/4 teaspoon salt; sauté 2 minutes. Add tomato and next 6 ingredients (tomato through black pepper); bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, 13 minutes or until sauce thickens. Stir in basil and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Add meatballs; stir to coat.

Step 4

To prepare pasta, while sauce cooks, bring 3 quarts of water to a boil in a large saucepan; add 1/8 teaspoon salt and pasta. Cook 10 minutes or until al dente; drain. Serve meatball mixture over pasta.

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Ratings & Reviews

NanetteJG's Review

NanetteJG
July 20, 2011
I love anything with meatballs in it. I think I have at least 10 different meatball recipes, but this one is superb. I love the peppers and onions, and the hint of balsamic vinegar. Fantastic!

JIMMIC's Review

JIMMIC
April 23, 2010
This recipe is very easy to make and has a very nice taste. I really like the peppers for what they add and how they pick up the other flavors. I served this dish with a salad and freah fruit for dessert.