Meatball & mozzarella bake

Meatball & mozzarella bake

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(18 ratings)

Prep: 5 mins Cook: 35 mins


Serves 4
All-in-one traybake suppers couldn't be easier - throw this Italian-style beef, tomato and focaccia dish together in no time

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal607
  • fat37g
  • saturates19g
  • carbs33g
  • sugars7g
  • fibre4g
  • protein34g
  • salt1.9g
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  • 400g pack raw beef meatball (about 15)
  • 2 x 400g cans cherry tomatoes
  • 1 small rosemary focaccia loaf, chopped into large chunks
  • 2 x 125g balls mozzarella, torn
  • handful fresh basil or oregano leaves



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  1. Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. In a large roasting tin, toss the meatballs with the cherry tomatoes. Season well and cook for 20 mins.

  2. Scatter over the chopped focaccia and mozzarella. Season and sprinkle over a handful of herbs then return to the oven for 15 mins, until the bread is crispy and the cheese melted.

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Comments (21)

lurvlyloz's picture

Loved this! So quick and easy and will definitely be a firm favourite

juliaprior's picture

Great easy recipe if you're short of time, went down a storm with the family. No effort at all, good one for older children to make on their own. Going to make it again tonight but couldn't find tinned cherry tomatoes in our Tesco, previously got them in Sainsbury's, so I've got plum tomatoes instead which I will chop into big chunks. Will hopefully be ok!

Lcrawford1's picture

Good recipe whole family liked it.

bikerbell's picture

Really liked this. I did however use 1 tin of chopped toms and 1 small jar of Mediterranean veg pasta sauce. Couldn't get any focaccia so used ciabatta. I think done without the bread and mixed with cooked pasta it would make a nice bake.

rgover90's picture

This was a really easy recipe and tasted lovely! I would happily make this again.

wobblymrs's picture

I made this last night to a rapturous family. Additionally, I made a vegetarian version using Quorn meatballs. For the meat version, I used Costco beef meatballs and followed the advice by browning the meatballs first and adding lightly dry fried onion. Because I made 2 dishes with only 2 cans of cherry tomatoes, I added passata, sugar & seasoning to the mix. Sainsburys didn't have rosemary bread so I used their onion and cheese bread instead - very very nice :)

hazelsimpson's picture

Delicious, maybe would have browned off the meatballs first but they were still good. Added some tomato passatta as well and it was a bit sloppy so needed some thickening with cornflour. Big hit with all the family.

Daisy@Cheaperseeker's picture

Looks delicious!Prepare to do it tonight.Thanks to sharing.

youngedck123's picture

VERY easy recipe. basically just bung everything in and cook, added quite allot of salt but great if you feel like indulging in met bread and cheese but want something quick. Will make again for sure!

fruitcake44's picture

Tasty recipe and a nice change from plain spagetti and meatballs. I changed it slightly by blitzing 1 tin of tomatoes to make a passata then simmered on the hob with the other tin plus some chopped up sun dried tomatoes and italian herbs, I added the homemade meatballs to the sauce and also added some pasta and simmered on the hob for 15 mins. I transfered it to the baking dish and topped it off with the cubed foccacia and mozzarella for 10 mins, I only had grated mozzarella which tended to crisp up in the oven so next time I will try mozzarella balls so it melts into pools!

kandi1's picture

This is now our favourite mid-week meal. Apart from adding a few more meatballs I followed the recipe exactly - very very yummy and very easy.

carlyejc's picture

Yummy and so simple.

neilkent100's picture

Lovely recipe. Very VERY easy to make and tastes wonderful. I used a tin of chopped toms and 1 tin passata. I also made my own meatballs and cut the bread. Well definitely make again. We are going to try it with spaghetti. I found it had plenty of sauce, maybe too much if that's possible!

plday1607's picture

made this when pushed for time one night, did it almost as the recipe said. Everyone loved it, the only criticism was there wasn't enough sauce. So next time will probably double up on tomato sauce, and add some chopped onion, garlic, peppers etc. I did use a garlic ciabatta which gave extra flavour. Will definitely do it again

plday1607's picture

made this when pushed for time one night, did it almost as the recipe said. Everyone loved it, the only criticism was there wasn't enough sauce. So next time will probably double up on tomato sauce, and add some chopped onion, garlic, peppers etc. I did use a garlic ciabatta which gave extra flavour. Will definitely do it again

beefmiester's picture

Did a veggie version using Quorn meatballs, added some chopped onion , garlic ,oregano and pasta ,had some pesto knocking about so added a few dollops of that on . I loved it ,the kids did and most importantly my veggie wife loved it

adammcninch's picture

Hey Lynsey,

What's your own meatball recipe?

lizzafezza's picture

Fab mid week meal. I added a pinch of sugar, herbs and some Worcestershire sauce to the tomatoes. I also made my own meatballs and added garlic. Omitted to focaccia and served with new potatoes and broccoli. Will make again but will reduce the cooking time slightly as the meatballs didn't need that long.

lynwoodhouse's picture

Absolutely delicious, a real hit with the whole family. Can put any herby type bread in it. sprinkled with cheddar which was nice. I served it with homemade pesto focaccia to mop up the delicious juices.

eleanormayo's picture

Made this the other day and it was really enjoyed, I did 'pimp' it up slightly by adding half a thinly sliced onion and a couple of cloves of garlic to the tomatoes (also used 2 tins of ordinary tinned, chopped tomatoes) and threw in some capers and olives aswell. I could not get foccacia so used a black olive ciabatta instead.


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