Pork meatballs in red pepper sauce

Pork meatballs in red pepper sauce

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Prep: 15 mins Cook: 20 mins


Serves 4
You can't beat a comforting bowl of spaghetti and meatballs, and this version is superhealthy too

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal303
  • fat17g
  • saturates5g
  • carbs14g
  • sugars8g
  • fibre3g
  • protein25g
  • salt0.9g
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  • 450g pork mince
  • 1 small apple, peeled, cored and grated



    Grown in temperate regions, apples are one of the most widely cultivated tree fruits. There are…

  • 1 small garlic clove, crushed
  • 25g fresh white breadcrumbs
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

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    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 250g spaghetti, to serve

For the sauce

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 1 onion, finely chopped



    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • 400g can chopped tomato
  • 3 roasted red peppers (from a jar), roughly chopped


  1. Put the pork mince in a bowl and stir in the apple, garlic, breadcrumbs and some salt and pepper. Shape the mixture into 16 balls, cover and chill for 10 mins.

  2. Meanwhile, make the sauce. Heat the oil in a medium saucepan and add the onion. Cook for 2-3 mins, until softened, then tip in the tomatoes and half a can of water. Stir in the peppers along with some salt and pepper. Partially cover and simmer for 15 mins.

  3. Heat the oil in a large non-stick frying pan and add the meatballs. Cook for 5-6 mins, stirring occasionally until they are browned all over. Set aside and keep warm.

  4. Using a hand-held blender, whizz the tomato sauce until smooth. Carefully add the meatballs to the sauce and simmer for 5 mins, until cooked through. Meanwhile, cook the spaghetti following pack instructions, drain, then divide between serving plates. Top with the meatballs and sauce.

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Comments (26)

natalierachel's picture

Great mid-week meal.

sophb6's picture

not enough sauce

juliesocratous's picture

I have cooked this 3 times so far, really tasty, both kids loved it and they are not usually keen on tomatoes.

bethocallaghan's picture

Nice but not as good as the Spaghetti in Meatballs from the May 2010 Good food.

ziggy1's picture

Mid week meal for 6 people. Went down a storm, red peppers cleverly disguised in the sauce. Great dish.

bisb77_nyorks's picture

Just had this for a mid-week tea. I added a sprinkle of cheese and a little extra pasta. It was a great low fat meal as I am a weight watcher and as it stands comes in at 5.5 points. Would be fun for children to get involved with.


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