Turkey Meatballs in Paprika Tomato Sauce

 
Published3/4/2009 12:07 AM

3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

2 onions, finely chopped

 

2 ribs celery, finely chopped

1 can (14.5 ounces) diced fire-roasted tomatoes

1 jar (12 ounces) roasted red peppers, drained

2 tablespoons paprika

Salt and pepper

½ cup unseasoned bread crumbs

1 egg, beaten

1½ pounds ground dark meat turkey

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 1⅓ 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 bread crumbs, egg, ½ teaspoon salt and ¼ teaspoon pepper into the remaining onion mixture. Mix in the turkey. Form 1½-inch meatballs. Add the meatballs to the slow cooker. Cover and cook on low heat for 6 hours.

Serves six.

Every Day with Rachael Ray, March 2009

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