Roasted Red Pepper and Red Bean “Meatballs”

Meatless “meatballs” made with roasted red peppers and kidney beans mimic beautifully the meat versions. The flavor is all there too, with onion and garlic, herbs and Parmesan cheese. This recipe comes to us from Paula at The Saucy Southerner.

Serves 4

  • 1/2 medium red onion
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 15 ounce can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 roasted red bell pepper, roughly chopped (about 1/2 cup if you’re using jarred)
  • 2 tablespoons dried parsley flakes
  • 1 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning mix
  • shake of crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup dried breadcrumbs, such as Panko
  • 2 tablespoons Parmesan or vegan cheese, grated
  • salt and ground black pepper, to taste


Preheat the oven to 350°F.

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.

In the bowl of a food processor, add the onion and garlic and pulse until these two ingredients are minced. (Or mince by hand.)

Leaving the onion and garlic in the bowl of the processor, add the kidney beans and pulse until chopped, but not puréed (or mash by hand). Pour this mixture into a medium-sized bowl.

Add the chopped red pepper, parsley, Italian seasoning, crushed red pepper flakes, egg, breadcrumbs,Parmesan cheese and salt and ground black pepper, to taste. Stir until combined.

Scoop out about 1 1/2 rounded tablespoons and form into a ball with your hands.

Place the formed “meatball” onto the parchment lined baking sheet, evenly spaced. (Makes about 14.)

Place the baking sheet into the oven and bake for about 25 minutes. They will have a golden brown outside and will firm in texture.

Remove from the oven.

Serve as desired atop pasta and marinara sauce, or as an appetizer on a platter. (They are great hot or at room temperature.)

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Nutrition Information

Roasted Red Pepper and Red Bean “Meatballs”

Servings per Recipe: 4

Amount per Serving

Calories:  182

Calories from Fat:  182

Total Fat:  24g

Saturated Fat:  1g

Cholesterol:  43mg

Sodium:  802g

Carbohydrates:  28g

Dietary Fiber:  6g

Protein:  10g

Sugars:  3g

Vitamin A:  11%

Vitamin C:  11%

Calcium:  9%

Iron:  10%

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