Meatballs with pesto mash

Meatballs with pesto mash

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Cooking time

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 15 mins

Skill level

Easy

Servings

Serves 4

A rustic Italian-style family dinner, with herby mashed potatoes

Nutrition and extra info

Additional info

  • Freezable
  • Egg-free
Nutrition info

Nutrition per serving

kcalories
438
protein
31g
carbs
51g
fat
14g
saturates
6g
fibre
0g
sugar
7g
salt
0.96g

Ingredients

  • 400g lean beef mince
  • small bunch basil, most leaves roughly chopped, reserving few whole to serve
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • half a 700g bottle passata with onions and garlic
  • 1kg potato, peeled and cut into small chunks
  • 150ml milk
  • 2 tbsp fresh basil pesto

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Method

  1. Mix the mince with half the chopped basil, the Worcestershire sauce and some seasoning, then use your hands to shape into 16 meatballs. Heat a non-stick frying pan, add the oil, then fry the meatballs, turning, for 5 mins until browned. Tip in the passata and remaining chopped basil. Simmer gently for 10 mins until the meatballs are cooked through.
  2. Meanwhile, boil potatoes for 10-15 mins until tender. Drain well, then return to the saucepan over a low heat and mash – leaving the heat on will help to dry out the potatoes for a fluffier mash. Stir in the milk, then marble through the pesto. Pile the mash onto 4 plates, spoon over meatballs and serve scattered with the reserved basil.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, October 2008

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talie265's picture
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Unfortunately as a recipe for meatballs I found it useless (the meatballs fell apart even after reading the previous comments an adding an egg). BUT I added mushrooms to the mince mixture and it made a tasty bolognese, which was great with spaghetti and cheese! Based on my experience I'd look elsewhere if you want a good meatball recipe, but would recommend using the recipe for bolognese instead.

kupoqueen's picture

I'm not extremely fond of the recipe itself, although it isn't bad. However, I had never thought of adding pesto to mash before but now I do it regularly. Pesto mash is the best part of this recipe :)

steevegh's picture
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Very good recipes but the meatball was a little too dry i will put an egg next time

maggiebleksley's picture

I put the mince in the food processor along with the basil. The extra mincing helps to bind it together and none of my meatballs came apart. I added some sliced mushrooms to the sauce and a little grated Gran Padano cheese to the pesto mash and served it with French beans. It all worked very well.

fiargent's picture

I came to this recipe via the gluten free page ... beware as I believe worcestershire sauce contains gluten ...

xneevus's picture
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forgot to rate it!

xneevus's picture
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This is absolutely DELICIOUS. I made it the other night for me and my mum and we loved it, so much that we're having a dinner party tomorrow night and this is going to be the main course! :)

eleanormayo's picture
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I could not find onion and garlic passata either, so after browning my meatballs I took them out of the pan and sweated off half a red onion and some garlic puree before putting the meatballs back in and continuing. However, like others, I also found the meatballs a bit dry even though I had added an egg. The pesto mash was a big hit though!

monkadelic's picture
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Very nice indeed. Will definitely do again. Didn't have onion & garlic passata so sauteed half an onion and one clove of garlic before browning the meatballs. Other than that I simply quartered all the ingredients (was cooking just for me).

No problem with the meatballs being dry. Not sure if this was down to slightly more meat used (quarter of my 500g pack), so slightly bigger meatballs, or the juice from the onion & garlic.

mimerolle's picture

I used the recipe just for the mash and got great compliments. They went very well with the meatballs though I used a Jamie Oliver recipe for the meatballs after reading comments from others saying that the ones in this recipe were a bit too dry. I will definitely use the pesto mash recipe again. So easy and really different and tasty.

samanthaecclestone's picture
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Really easy to do. Cheated a little as we had a pack of meatball in the frezzer so used them instead of making them.
A really lovely meal however I did add a little chilli to the meatball sauce as i found it a little boring. The mash was really yummy :-)

mrsskins1971's picture

I was not happy with this as I tried to do it as it said and my meat balls came apart a waste of my time :-(

elksta's picture
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AMAZING!

smileykt's picture
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Tried this tonight - my first ever attempt at meatballs. Substituted beef mince for pork (simply because I don't like beef!), and I think next time I'll add some more herbs/seasoning to make them a bit more flavoursome. Also made my own sauce with chopped tomatoes, garlic, parsley, paprika and oregano which worked well, and the mash was fantastic!

oldbank's picture
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I used chopped and deseeded tomatoes to make up a sauce flavoured with basil and garlic plus chopped onions and added the passata...go easy on the Worcestershire sauce, don't over power the rest of the flavours. serve with 'toasted cheesy rolls' or garlic bread. make sure the potato is well mashed, serve in a dish rather than a plate to allow lots of sauce to be served...I serve this in my Cafe and it always a favourite!

ruthmaguire123's picture
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This was tasty, added extra onion and garlic and some fresh tomatoes... not convinced on the pesto mash but it did go well with the meat. Hubby and 8yr old loved it, 2yrs old did not.

scottlogan's picture

Hi there Ruth why not try some HP sauce? I add it to most of my meat dishes workes really well,hope it does for you cheers. :}

fashionista25's picture

Any ideas for something to replace the Worcestershire sauce? I cant be bothered to buy some just for this..

blushy's picture
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Tried this last night, all the family loved, would definitely use this recipe again

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