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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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

emmalemon's picture
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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
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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 :)
Thanks

badactress66's picture
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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
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Served whith pasta. Lovely!

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

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

schubun33's picture
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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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