Italian Meatballs with Peppers

Level: Intermediate
Prep Time: 20 min
Cook Time: 25 min
Cooling Time:
Yields: 6 servings


Chopped red and yellow bell peppers add color and texture to these savory meatballs seasoned with Italian herb mix and enriched with mushrooms.


  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1 teaspoon Italian herb seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 cup chopped red bell pepper
  • 1 cup chopped yellow bell pepper
  • 1 cup sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon MAGGI Instant Chicken Flavor Bouillon
  • 1 can (12 fl. oz.) NESTLÉ® CARNATION® Evaporated Fat Free Milk, divided
  • 4 teaspoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups hot cooked rice
  • Chopped fresh parsley


COMBINE turkey, onion, herb seasoning and salt in large bowl; form mixture into 24 one-inch meatballs. Heat oil in large skillet over medium-high heat. Add meatballs; cook, turning occasionally, for 3 to 4 minutes or until browned on all sides. Reduce heat to low; cook, stirring occasionally, for 15 minutes or until cooked through. Remove meatballs from skillet; keep warm.

ADD bell peppers, mushrooms, garlic and bouillon to skillet; cook, stirring occasionally, for 2 to 3 minutes. Combine 1 tablespoon evaporated milk and flour in small bowl; add to skillet. Gradually stir in remaining evaporated milk; cook, stirring frequently, for 5 to 8 minutes or until sauce is slightly thickened. Add meatballs to skillet; stir to coat. Serve over rice. Garnish with parsley.

Italian meatballs W/ peppers:

by m. mar , Pooler, GA on May. 2010

This was a good recipe,I add summer squash and serve with wild rice. Next time I make it,I'm gonna serve with brown rice.


by C. Carolann , Spencer, IA on Mar. 2010

My whole family thought this was a great meal. It's rare to find a meal both kids and adults love, but this one did it.

wonderfully easy

by v. vickie , Saint Paul, MN on Oct. 2009

I tried this recipe with ready made meatballs to shorten the time (aren't we all busy), also topped with cheese and crushed tortilla chips

made a few adjustments

by m. melody , las vegas, nv on Aug. 2009

...this is a great recipe, the first time i made it, it was great, but i tried to tweak it just a little bit! - instead of the evaporated milk, i used half a can of Cream of Chicken with a little bit of water - it taste sooo much better! - also i used Rice O Roni Long Grain Wild Rice instead of plain white and i have also served this over angel hair pasta...that was good too!

Meatballs are Great

by A. Adrienne , fort worth, TX on Nov. 2008

My family loves anything to do with meatballs and Italian food. I had nothing but great compliments from my family. They loved how it tasted and the texture. My twins ate it all up and told me more. The meal is also beautiful as well.

It's just me....

by D. Delfina , Wheaton, IL on Sep. 2008

Tried this recipe, meatballs were great! the sauce... not so fond of it. It was not a hit with my family. I did add bbq sauce to the meatballs. That was good! Sorry.....

Italiam Meatballs with peppers

by S. SUE , SHALIMAR, FL on Apr. 2008

This really made a hit with my family. I served a tossed salad and garlic bread. It was a winner with the family and for me because it's so easy to make.


by l. linda , SHIRLEY, NY on Jan. 2008

Ive been trying recipes that do NOT include chop meat and Ive been trying Turkey instead -what a surprise these are great

Italian Meatballs with peppers

by G. Grace , INDIANAPOLIS, IN on Oct. 2007

My husband dosent like turkey, I do. When I make the meatballs, I use half turkey, and half hamburger. Adding all of the other ingredients takes away the taste of the turkey. I dont tell him turkey is in the meatballs, and he loves them.

Italian meatballs

by T. Tina , SYRACUSE, NY on Aug. 2007

my family really enjoyed themeatballs on rice,they (my boys)said it was very different,and my husband the cook ,said they were great with the sauce...... thank you....