Red Pepper Turkey Meatloaf Pie

This Red Pepper Turkey Meatloaf Pie is the ulitmate healthy weeknight meal, using up garden red peppers, with a pesto on top!

Red Pepper Turkey Meatloaf Pie

I’m so excited I’ll be seeing my college boys here soon – it’s hard to believe that Spring Break is almost here! I revised an old favorite recipe this past week into a Classic Red Pepper Turkey Meatloaf Pie, and can’t wait to try it out on the boys. What college boy doesn’t love meatloaf? Right?

Meatloaf to me growing up was, well, boring. Basic beef with egg, onion, bread crumbs and plain ketchup on top. Mom always served it with baked potatoes and overcooked peas (sorry, Mom!)

Red Pepper Turkey Meatloaf Pie

This time I used a fresh, beautiful red pepper, cutting it into thin slices, and lined a green pie pan.

Mixed the meatloaf ingredients together, pressed firmly into the peppers, and covered with a new sauce that I found at Costco, Organic Roasted Red Pepper Pesto. Oh, yum! My new favorite. I’ve been experimenting with it on everything!

Red Pepper Turkey Meatloaf Pie

I realize not all of my readers live near a Costco (or a Trader Joe’s), so for this recipe which I used a Red Pepper Pesto, all you have to do is replace this sauce on top with your favorite salsa! How easy is that?

And baked it to perfection!

Red Pepper Turkey Meatloaf Pie

I’m enjoying this season of life when the kids are taking off, growing up, doing their own thing, living their own life, but we still get to (and hopefully share a little wisdom now and then) with them.

These are the glory days. Every day is a gift and I never ever want to forget that. The days are fleeting, the times together are precious and I love to watch, each time we’re together, that the boys truly are “growing up.”

Red Pepper Turkey Meatloaf Pie and Boys

You never think this day will come, but when it does, you long for the old days. The days of stinky-head boys–action figures, tree forts, soccer balls, imagination, legos, skateboards—now turned into wonderful young men whom I adore!

Boys, this meatloaf is for you!

What’s our favorite topping for meatloaf? Plain old ketchup, or a specialty sauce?

Red Pepper Turkey Meatloaf Pie

Red Pepper Turkey Meatloaf Pie
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Red Pepper Turkey Meatloaf Pie

Delicious crustless pie using red peppers, topped with pesto or salsa! Yum!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time1 hr
Servings: 6


  • 1 large red pepper sliced and seeded (2 if smaller)
  • 4 oz. onion and garlic chopped
  • 4 ounces shredded Mexican cheese blend 1 cup
  • 1 1/2 pounds ground turkey
  • 1 cup bread crumbs
  • 2 eggs lightly beaten
  • 1/3 cup chopped flat-leaf cilantro
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup red pepper pesto or regular pesto, or salsa


  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Saute onions and garlic until tender, about 3-5 minutes. Grease a 10-inch pie plate lightly with olive oil and line with the red peppers.
  • In a large bowl, mix 1 cup cheese, the beef, 1/2 cup of the pesto (or salsa), the bread crumbs, eggs, cilantro, salt and pepper until just combined.
  • Press the meat mixture into the pepper-lined pie plate. Spread the remaining pesto (or salsa) over the top. Bake for 45-50 minutes.
  • Let cool for about 15 minutes before slicing.

Red Pepper Turkey Meatloaf Pie

12 comments on “Red Pepper Turkey Meatloaf Pie”

  1. Pairing red peppers and turkey is a great combo!

  2. I love the recipes you feed your boys :) this sounds so awesome! I need to get that pesto!

  3. I agree what a wonderful picture of you and your sons. I have two boys who are grown and married. They are wonderful. They would love love love this meatloaf. What a clever way to fix it with the peppers—-kind of play on stuffed peppers. I don’t know how ‘classic’ it is. It is a whole new game change for me.

    • Yes, it’s sort of like a stuffed pepper. I think this recipe has been around for a few years – at least the meatloaf pie! Thanks for sharing, Carol! Lovely that you have 2 sons as well :)

  4. Where is the recipe for the turkey meat mix?

  5. What a sweet photo of you and your sons. I can relate, I have 2 boys, 13 and 9. And it seems like the time is just flying by, I’ve already told them a couple times that they need to stop growing up, lol! I did a double take when I realized a few months back that I now have a child that is taller than I am. I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry. Anyway, THE PESTO, that sounds so good on a meatloaf! I am a pretty traditional gal with my meatloaf glaze, but I need it bumped up a little, cause I too grew up eating the underwhelming variety of Mom’s meatloaf. I like a mixture of ketchup, brown sugar and cider vinegar. : )

  6. Girl – that meatloaf looks right up my alley! I am always experimenting with make the “meat log” into something much more interesting. Writing this red pepper pesto on my Costco list immediately. Love you to bits girlfriend and miss you mucho!!

  7. My brothers would love you!! Ha! No but, they really would. Anything with the word meatlaof they are so down with!!

    Love the pesto too! :)

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