Spaghetti & meatballs

Spaghetti & meatballs

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Cooking time

Prep: 30 mins Cook: 30 mins

Skill level

Easy

Servings

Makes about 10 servings

Get everyone to help rolling meatballs and you'll soon have one supper on the table and another in the freezer

Nutrition and extra info

Additional info

  • Sauce and meatballs can be frozen
Nutrition info

Nutrition per serving

kcalories
870
protein
46g
carbs
95g
fat
37g
saturates
13g
fibre
5g
sugar
13g
salt
1.34g

Ingredients

  • 8 good-quality pork sausages
  • 1kg beef mince
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • ½ a large bunch flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped
  • 85g parmesan, grated, plus extra to serve if you like
  • 100g fresh breadcrumbs
  • 2 eggs, beaten with a fork
  • olive oil, for roasting
  • spaghetti, to serve (you'll need about 100g per portion)

For the sauce

  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 4 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 4 x 400g cans chopped tomato
  • 125ml red wine (optional)
  • 3 tbsp caster sugar
  • ½ a large bunch flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped
  • few basil leaves (optional)

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Method

  1. First make the meatballs. Split the sausage skins and squeeze out the meat into your largest mixing bowl. Add the mince, onion, parsley, Parmesan, breadcrumbs, beaten eggs and lots of seasoning. Get your hands in and mix together really well – the more you squeeze and mash the mince, the more tender the meatballs will be.
  2. Heat oven to 220C/200C fan/gas 7. Roll the mince mixture into about 50 golf-ball-size meatballs. Set aside any meatballs for freezing, allowing about 5 per portion, then spread the rest out in a large roasting tin – the meatballs will brown better if spaced out a bit. Drizzle with a little oil (about 1 tsp per portion), shake to coat, then roast for 20-30 mins until browned.
  3. Meanwhile, make the sauce. Heat the oil in your largest pan. Add the garlic and sizzle for 1 min. Stir in the tomatoes, wine, if using, sugar, parsley and seasoning. Simmer for 15-20 mins until slightly thickened. Stir in the basil leaves, if using, spoon out any portions for freezing, then add the cooked meatballs to the pan to keep warm while you boil the spaghetti. Spoon the sauce and meatballs over spaghetti, or stir them all together and serve with extra Parmesan and a few basil leaves, if you like.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, May 2010

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lozzerm's picture
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Absolutely love this recipe, I've made it twice already. I actually only needed 4 meatballs per portion as they are quite filling. This makes loads of meals to put in the freezer. A couple of minutes in the microwave and they are perfect.

louisa22's picture
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Really tasty meatballs. My 13mth old loved them!!

pickynic's picture
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Fabulous recipe! The sauce is delicious and so simple. I pan fried some chorizo and added it to the sauce too. So tasty!

glenyst's picture
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Sorry - forgot to rate. Also forgot to mention I served with a dollop of soured cream on each serving, as my meatballs were spicy. Worked really well.

glenyst's picture
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I also used the ready-made meatballs, but made the sauce as per the recipe with just the addition of some chopped onion added with the garlic - always looking for a way to get more veg into the diet. It was very quick and really tasty. Will probably do again.

meggiemummy's picture
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I've made this twice, the only amendment I've made so far is the addition of some chilli flakes to the meat mixture. Excellent for cooking on a budget especially when you have a glut of tomatoes.

starra29's picture
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Delicious, the best meatballs I've ever tasted. Am freezing a batch and already looking forward to eating them!

pickledonioncoat's picture

My favourite meal ever! These really are delicious. The whole family agreed these were amazing meatballs. The tomato sauce was extremely rich (even though I didn't use the red wine)- clearly loads of simmering works wonders. Bit of work rolling the meatballs, but it's all worth it. 10/10!!!

mugwai's picture
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You can also modify to work with every stage of the Dukan diet. These are so easy to make but so delicious to eat!

kathynorris's picture
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Made this for tea tonight.really easy and absolutely gorgeous!!!! the meatballs and the sauce are soooooo tasty. Whole family loved it! Will deffo be making again some time soon.

tinamarie's picture
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Love this recipe it was so easy

cdouglas's picture
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amazing made it for the family last night put soem paprika in to spice it up very nice

d41d0y's picture
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Wowowowowwow! Was looking for an alternative to the staple spag bol...these felt like so much more of a treat even though it's the same ingredients essentially. I live in Norway where "proper" sausages are hard to come by so I just used more beef mince. Made the full lot and will be freezing the leftovers. Cannot wait to have this meal again!

supercook69's picture

I halved the mince & used turkey mince...as I don't eat beef. It made 20 meatballs, it could make a few more if you make the balls small. I then froze 10 of them for another meal. The sauce I halved too but keep it at 4 garlic cloves...I love garlic & added chicken stock(no red wine).
The were LOVELY very tasty indeed!!!!!!!!! Turkey mince is also a healthier option :) definitely make again!!

Oh & the tip about placing the meatballs on greasproof paper to cook is a bri idea!

sullivan1's picture

This was my first try at making meat balls, and this recipe was delicious and highly rated by all my family. Definetly worth a try

juliamccartney's picture
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Very tasty. I fried the onion first and then added to the meatballs. I also added some toasted pinenuts to the meatball mixture which we all loved! Good idea to cook the meatballs on baking paper.

helen30jan's picture

Wouldn't recommed using Lincolnshire sausages, I thought it was a little bland too. May be add some spices. But on the plus side it made lots and freezes reaaly well.

frosty01's picture
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Made this for my little boy and he loved it! Put some in the freezer as it makes lots. Fantastic

ajonesz's picture
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Lovely, can't go wrong with this and makes loads for freezing too

kirstenhumphris's picture
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Really delicious meatballs and sauce that my 3, 6 and 8 year old enjoyed as much as mum and dad. Used Tesco's Finest Toulouse style pork sausages - only one pack of 6 - and that gave the meatballs a delicious garlicky and bacon flavour. The recipe says serves 10, but I stretched it to 3 meals to serve 2 adults and 3 boys quite easily.

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