Speedy meatball stew

Prep: 5 mins Cook: 15 mins


Makes 4 lunches
Serve beef meatballs in a tomato casserole with garlic and rosemary and eat with pasta or crusty bread

Nutrition and extra info

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Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal286
  • fat11g
  • saturates4g
  • carbs28g
  • sugars9g
  • fibre4g
  • protein20g
  • salt1.68g
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  • 2 medium potato, peeled and cut into bite-size cubes



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

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
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    Olive oil

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

  • 250g small lean beef meatball
  • 1 onion, chopped



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

  • 2 garlic clove, chopped
  • 1 tbsp chopped rosemary



    Rosemary's intense, fragrant aroma has traditionally been paired with lamb, chicken and game…

  • 560ml jar passata
  • 200g frozen pea
  • few Parmesan shavings, to serve (optional)



    Parmesan is a straw-coloured hard cheese with a natural yellow rind and rich, fruity flavour. It…


  1. Boil the potatoes for 10 mins until tender. Meanwhile, heat the oil in a large saucepan. Season the meatballs, then brown them all over for about 5 mins. Remove from the pan, drain off any excess fat, then add the onion, garlic and rosemary. Fry gently for 5 mins.

  2. Add passata to the pan, bring to a simmer, then add the meatballs. Simmer for 5 mins or until everything is cooked through. Add the potatoes and peas, then simmer for 1 min. Pack into a flask or reheat at work, add Parmesan, if using, and eat with good crusty bread.

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Comments (37)

rosievimes's picture

Really enjoyed this, but wouldn't say it was quite as 'speedy' to make as listed; prep & cooking both took a little longer, the meatballs in particular took longer to cook.

BUT it was worth the extra cook time, the flavours were brill, and there was plenty for 2 main meals & a packed lunch. I substituted sweet potatoes for the regular, and served with some bulgar wheat. Will be coming back to this again!

mc1nnty's picture

absolutely loved this dish easy to make (i made it with aldi german meatballs )and have to say they are the best meatballs i have ever tasted ! i added more potatoes to bulk it up and served it with salad and garlic bread ! something always seams to go wrong when i cook but this turned out perfect :)

lizleicester's picture

Made up some simple meatballs then followed this tasty recipe. Very filling so didn't really need the bread, and not quite juicy enough to justify it either. Really enjoyed by everyone.

helenokerika's picture

Really yummy. Used mixed Italian herbs instead of rosemary and added a teaspoon of chilli. Also used frozen sweetcorn because I didn't have peas. Will definitely be making again, very filling.

blodyn1's picture

I made this vegetarian by using quorn meatballs. I also added sweet corn to it. Very quick and easy and tasted great too.

lynz354's picture

Although next time I will add more potatoes as it didn't seem enough.

lynz354's picture

This was very quick to prepare, and I really enjoyed it. I will make it again!

chatrouge79's picture

This went down very well as a midweek supper will definitely cook again, i used a tin of cherry tomatoes instead of passata though.

sillychoco's picture

Cooked the meatballs in the over(easier to get the fat out) and it's super delicious!! Fills you right up, excellent for dieters :)

hannah89's picture

I use Bbcgoodfood for most my recipes and have tried hundreds....this was by far the worst. Unless you love the taste over rosemary this dish was awful. We actually threw it away which we never do. Waste of time and money unless you have an addicted to rosemary!

pingu80's picture

Forgot to rate!

pingu80's picture

Have made this dish a few times. Really easy to make and perfect for a mid week meal. Loads of flavour. I put it all in the over for a while and add a dash of worcestershire sauce this lets all the flavours mingle. Yummy!!

cduggan's picture

Boring in itself but a good basis for playing around with different flavours. I sometimes do Moroccan style with cumin, cinnamon and ras al hanout, served with bread. Sometimes with indian spices and serve with rice or naan.

babybex's picture

family fav, never have any left overs.

littletweetyuk's picture

I've made a few changes to this recipe. I left out the potatoes, added Worcestershire sauce, chili flakes & seasoning. Served over spaghetti - very, very tasty.

jimzilla's picture

Very nice and easy to make.

crumbles's picture

Lovely meal. I use veggie meatballs & tinned tomatoes, also some chilli just adds a liitle more taste.

dancingbunny's picture

Easy and tasty, though between tghe two of us we finished it all in one day so I would recommend making more than the recipe states if you have more than 2 hungry people to feed!

cazandjay's picture

I made my own meatballs, but did'nt like this at all, it just tasted of tomatoe, maybe it would have been better with a little beef stock and then just cooked for a little longer.

crystaljoan's picture

i done this for my 3 years old son because he is very fasty.well he loved it i pt more potatoes so it looked like propal meal.great


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