Pork meatballs in red pepper sauce

Pork meatballs in red pepper sauce

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Cooking time

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 20 mins

Skill level

Easy

Servings

Serves 4

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

Nutrition and extra info

Additional info

  • Freezable
Nutrition info

Nutrition per serving

kcalories
303
protein
25g
carbs
14g
fat
17g
saturates
5g
fibre
3g
sugar
8g
salt
0.9g

Ingredients

  • 450g pork mince
  • 1 small apple, peeled, cored and grated
  • 1 small garlic clove, crushed
  • 25g fresh white breadcrumbs
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 250g spaghetti, to serve

For the sauce

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 400g can chopped tomatoes
  • 3 roasted red peppers (from a jar), roughly chopped

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Method

  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.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, July 2010

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bethocallaghan's picture
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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
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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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