- 1 tbsp olive oil
Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…
- 300g pack ready-made mini meatballs
- 2 x 400g cans chopped tomatoes
- 300ml milk
One of the most widely used ingredients, milk is often referred to as a 'complete' food…
- 1 tbsp dried oregano
Closely related to marjoram, of which it is the wild equivalent, oregano has a coarser, more…
- 200g pasta shapes
Pasta is the Italian name for Italy's version of a basic foodstuff which is made in many…
- 8 thin wholemeal baguette slices
- 50g cheddar, grated
Once cheddar was 'Cheddar', a large, hard-pressed barrel of cheese made by a particular…
- small bunch basil, torn
Most closely associated with Mediterranean cooking but also very prevalent in Asian food, the…
Heat the oil in a large, deep frying pan and fry the meatballs for 5-10 mins until browned. Tip in the tomatoes, milk, 200ml water and oregano and simmer for 10-15 mins, until the soup thickens a little.
Pour in the pasta shapes and simmer until cooked – follow pack timings. Meanwhile, make the cheesy croutons. Heat grill to High, pop the baguette slices on a baking tray and top with the cheese. Grill until melted, keep warm.
When the pasta is cooked, remove the soup from the heat and stir in the basil. Divide between bowls and serve with the basil and cheesy croutons on top.
Make your own meatballsCombine 250g lean beef mince with 2 slices white bread, whizzed into breadcrumbs, 1 chopped small onion and some salt and pepper. Shape into meatballs. Use as directed in the recipe or make double and freeze some for later.