Lamb meatballs with rosemary tomato sauce

Lamb meatballs with rosemary tomato sauce

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Prep: 10 mins Cook: 35 mins

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Serves 4

This hearty dish makes a simple and speedy midweek meal but can also be frozen ahead for a last-minute dinner

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  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1 pack 12 ready-made lamb meatballs (approx 450g)
  • 4 onions, finely sliced
  • 4 garlic cloves, finely sliced
  • 1 tbsp finely chopped rosemary leaves, plus extra to sprinkle
  • 2 x 400g cans chopped tomatoes
  • 400g pasta, cooked, to serve

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  1. Heat 1 tsp oil in a large frying pan. Add the meatballs and cook, turning often, until browned. Remove from the pan.
  2. Tip the onions into the pan with the remaining oil and a pinch of salt and cook until very soft, 10-15 mins. Add the garlic and rosemary and cook for 2 mins more.
  3. Add the tomatoes and return meatballs to the pan. Simmer for 10 mins until the sauce has thickened and the meatballs are cooked through. Season and serve with the pasta, sprinkle with rosemary.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, February 2011

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christalwater's picture

Great recipe. Nice taste. Works really well with tagliatelle.

KaosInTheKitchen's picture

Tastes good, and easy for a quick dinner. However, next time I will serve it with potatoes as don't think lamb goes very well with pasta.

kiwi_chef's picture
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Fantastic and quick meal to make. I added a touch of sugar to the tomato sauce and we all scoffed the lot quite happily. It's already on the menu list to make again next week!

paulinetutt's picture

Delicious menu. The meatballs were tender and the sauce was perfect.

sokelengl's picture

I like this meatball dishes, it is so easy to be prepared and delicious! If you add rosemary & thymes, it tastes even better. One last thing is top the meatball with a lot of melted cheese… yummy.I prepare the dish by using my new purchased
non stick square tin
. It makes clean up a breeze.

lockheart's picture
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found some minted lamb meatballs in sainsburys, was somewhat apprehensive using them but my other half had requested to try this recipe. only used 3 onions, and it was still *loads*. very quick and easy to make and reheated well, was quite tasty, other half has asked for it again. if you like this sort of food, you'll probably like this dish.

jweg1210's picture
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Used 'Finest Italian' beef meatballs as no lamb ones to be had in Tesco.
It was OK, but wouldn't rush to make again - too much onion for our taste really.

dancingsnr's picture
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Tasty and easy to do midweek.
Used angus beef meatballs and added chopped red chilli and some mushrooms with the garlic and rosemary.
Very Good. Will be cooking this again soon.