Mini Meatballs In A Herby Tomato Sauce

 
  • Mini Meatballs In A Herby Tomato Sauce Recipe
  • Mini meatballs in a herby tomato sauce recipe
  • Mini meatballs in a herby tomato sauce recipe
  • Mini meatballs in a herby tomato sauce recipe
  • Mini meatballs in a herby tomato sauce recipe
  • Mini meatballs in a herby tomato sauce recipe
  • 10-30 minutes to prepare
  • 60+ minutes to cook
  • Makes 25 small meatballs
  • Can be frozen
  • How to make

For the meatballs: 

250g lean minced pork, lamb or beef
Half a small onion
60g mushrooms
2 tsp fresh herbs such as parsley or thyme
30g fresh wholemeal breadcrumbs
1 egg yolk
1 tbsp good-quality vegetable oil

For the tomato sauce: 

250g fresh tomatoes (or 50ml passata)
150ml water or vegetable stock (ideally homemade with no added salt, or a low salt alternative)
Half small onion
1 tbsp tomato purée
1 tbsp fresh herbs such as basil, parsley or thyme

Step 1

Preheat the oven to 180°C / 350F / Gas mark 4

Step 2

For the meatballs, finely chop the onion, mushrooms, fresh herbs (you can prep the onion and herbs for the sauce now as well)

Step 3

Place all of the ingredients, except the oil, in a bowl and mix thoroughly. Use your hands to divide and shape the mixture into 25 balls. Chill in the refrigerator while you make the sauce

Step 4

For the sauce, finely chop the onion and herbs (if you haven't already) and skin, seed and chop the tomatoes

Step 5

Put all of the ingredients in a pan and bring to the boil over a medium heat

Step 6

Reduce the heat, cover and simmer for about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally

Step 7

Remove from the heat and leave to cool slightly, then liquidise

Step 8

Heat the oil in a frying pan over a medium heat. Fry the meatballs, turning them frequently, until they are lightly browned all over for about 5-10 minutes

Step 9

Put the meatballs in an oven proof dish. Pour the sauce over the meatballs, cover with a lid or foil and bake in the oven for about 45 minutes

Contains

  • Gluten ingredients
  • Wheat
  • Eggs

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Recipe notes

Serve with pasta or rice to make a meal for the whole family to enjoy.

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