Speedy meatball stew

Speedy meatball stew

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(33 ratings)

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

  • Freezable

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)

schizopear's picture

i made a bit of a mess of this by undercooking my potatoes and then overcooking my meatballs but it was still tasty and not at all bland. i did make my own meatballs rather than using shop-bought. meatballs is my fall-back recipe, usually served with spaghetti, so i'm sure this recipe will get plenty of use as a nice alternative. i am a little baffled by all the comments about using chopped tomatoes instead of passata to make it cheaper - passata is actually cheaper than chopped tomatoes in my local sainsbury's...

trixie250364's picture

I made my own meatballs but thought the whole thing was rather bland. Wouldn't do again.

bethocallaghan's picture

Easy, tasting and filing, microwaves fine to have at work for lunch. Might add a little chilli for a change next time.

jbodman's picture

Really liked this recipe, easy to make and very tasty!

Frantic Flapjack's picture

Made this again using a ready made pasta sauce. Added some water to make it go further. Still very good.

leighd71's picture

Definitely do this one again.

I added some carrots to the stew, my 2 year old loved it which is always a bonus.

I added a little low fat creme fraich to reduce the tartness of the tomato sauce.

All good though!

provene's picture

The whole family liked this, really good comforting winter food - will def. be making again.

emmawelsh's picture

it was ok. Not enough to the sauce for my liking, just tomato - but it was quick, cheap, easy...

Frantic Flapjack's picture

This was gorgeous. Really simple to make and very tasty. Everyone loved it.

lizzie712's picture

We had this for tea tonight, great success!!! Will certainly have it again!

earthling's picture

I much prefer to make my own meatballs (cheaper and I know what's in them), and instead of expensive passate, simply liquidize two tins of tomatoes for the same result.

sarahdarah's picture

Really lovely recipe - perfect for a wintery day!! Nice and simple to make and with ingredients I always have in!

charlie87's picture

Delicious! I made my own low fat lamb mince meatballs (gf recipe also superb) and used a sainsbury's tomato and herb pasta sauce instead of the passata. Was so easy and so so tasty!

xanderlee's picture

I made the meatballs myself from mince...added a whole minute to the process but was lovely. A real winner, especially for after school teas!

xanderlee's picture

I made the meatballs myself from mince...added a whole minute to the process but was lovely. A real winner, especially for after school teas!

elizabethedwards's picture

This is a fab easy recipe that tastes great. I made it for a mixture of 10 adults and kids and they all loved it!

I used tinned chopped tomatoes instead of the passata for cost efficency and i don't think you'd notice much difference.

Will certainly make again soon

judedawe's picture

This was a really quick and easy recipe to follow, we had it for family supper, delicious!


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