Meatballs with pesto mash

Meatballs with pesto mash

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Prep: 15 mins Cook: 15 mins


Serves 4
A rustic Italian-style family dinner, with herby mashed potatoes

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable
  • Egg-free

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal438
  • fat14g
  • saturates6g
  • carbs51g
  • sugars7g
  • fibre0g
  • protein31g
  • salt0.96g
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  • 400g lean beef mince



    The classic cut of meat for a British Sunday roast, beef is full of flavour, as well as being a…

  • small bunch basil, most leaves roughly chopped, reserving few whole to serve



    Most closely associated with Mediterranean cooking but also very prevalent in Asian food, the…

  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp 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…

  • half a 700g bottle passata with onions and garlic
  • 1kg potato, peeled and cut into small chunks



    The world's favourite root vegetable, the potato comes in innumerable varieties. A member of…

  • 150ml milk



    One of the most widely used ingredients, milk is often referred to as a complete food. While cow…

  • 2 tbsp fresh basil pesto



    Pesto is a generic Italian name for any sauce made by pounding ingredients together.



  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.

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Comments (36)

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

Tried this last night, all the family loved, would definitely use this recipe again

emmalemon's picture

this dish is delicious, the pesto mash really compliments the tomato sauce. next time i will add more pesto to the mash :)

melanieday's picture

This was an easy to make dish. The meatballs held their shape well and didnt fall apart during cooking. The petso was a nice change to be added to the mash.

e_vera's picture

I added a thick slice of bread soaked in water&drained and an egg to the meat before forming the meatballs. The resulting meatballs were good, but the pesto mash was fabulous! Me and my boyfriend totally loved it! It was especially good because I used fresh pesto I made 2 days earlier. Will definitely make it again.

poundstreet's picture

Really nice, new family favourite for hungry husband and toddler - I made extra meatballs and stuck them in the freezer for a quick midweek dinner.

carina34's picture

The pesto mash was yummy but the meatballs were rather dry and hard.

cheekiimonkeyx's picture

I used this as my first design idea for my Food Technology GCSE, and it was perfect. The mash was a different idea to serve with meatballs, I would have usually gone for pasta. I added a tablespoon of grated cheese to the mash, which really complemented the pesto, and the mash tasted great
If I did this dish again, I would probably use an egg to bind them, as Marianne did, as the meatballs were crumbly sometimes.
Definately make this dish again... my food tech teacher loved it :)

GVB's picture

Made my own sauce with chopped tomatoes rather than using passata and added worcester sauce, black pepper and a bit of chilli. Meatballs were a bit dry for my taste - I can be a bit funny about minced beef. I would the take suggestion of Marianne above and blend the minced beef with breadcrumbs and pork mince. Pesto mash was nice and the boys in my family enjoyed this very much. I didn't think this was a nice as the herbed Turkey Meatballs.

saclian's picture

Served whith pasta. Lovely!

mariannew's picture

Made this last night - thanks to Krissy I did my own passata with plenty of onions & garlic. Made the meatballs a bit lighter with 50/50 beef & pork mince plus breadcrumbs and an egg to bind, but plenty of basil. Went down very well, and the mash is a good complement.

donna_wowee's picture

Lovely!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Really nice, especially the pesto mash that i didn't think i'd like.

krissyb's picture

this was lovely comfort food, we substituted the passata for chopped tomatoes as well which was fine. wish i'd added some garlic and onions to add a bit more flavour as the tinned toms didn't already contain ir. Never put pesto in mash before but it was lovely and complimented the meatballs really well. Will definitely make again!

carolkate's picture

I tried this recipe last week.It was really delicious especially the mash- which I made again with a different dish

schubun33's picture

I tried this receipe yesterday and and would definitely do this again, although I substituted the passata for chopped tinned tomatoes and added onion and garlic to the sauce as well as some fresh tomatoes and mixed herbs. The pesto mash was absolutely delicious.


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