Pork & pepper meatballs on parsnip mash

Pork & pepper meatballs on parsnip mash

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Prep: 5 mins Cook: 30 mins


Serves 2

The ultimate comfort food: sweet red pepper mixed into these meatballs add depth of flavour and parsnip mash is a great twist on your usual spuds

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal573
  • fat21g
  • saturates6g
  • carbs49g
  • sugars21g
  • fibre18g
  • protein36g
  • salt0.6g
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  • ¼ tsp cinnamon



    A fragrant spice which comes from the inner bark of a tropical tree. When dried, it curls into…

  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 red pepper, chopped



    Also known as capsicums, bell peppers, sweet peppers or by their colours, for example red and…

  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 tsp oregano



    Closely related to marjoram, of which it is the wild equivalent, oregano has a coarser, more…

  • 1 wholemeal pitta bread, torn into pieces
  • 250g lean pork mince
  • 1 egg, beaten



    The ultimate convenience food, eggs are powerhouses of nutrition packed with protein and a…

  • 2 tsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

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

  • 3 parsnips, peeled and chopped



    The fact that the parsnip is a member of the carrot family comes as no surprise – it looks…

  • 140g passata
  • 1 tbsp flat-leaf parsley, chopped


  1. Heat oven to 190C/170C fan/gas 5. In the small bowl of a food processor, put the cinnamon, half the paprika, the pepper, 1 garlic clove, the oregano and torn pitta. Blitz until very finely chopped, then tip into a large bowl and add the mince and the egg, and season well. Rub 1 tsp of the oil over a large baking sheet. Squish the pork and pepper mixture together with your hands, shape into 8 meatballs and place evenly spaced on the prepared baking sheet.

  2. Bake the meatballs for 20 mins or until cooked through and lightly golden. Meanwhile, cook the parsnips in a pan of boiling water over a high heat for 15 mins, then drain and mash with some seasoning, keeping warm until needed.

  3. For a quick tomato sauce, put the remaining crushed garlic and paprika in a small saucepan with the passata and cook over a medium heat for 5 mins, until thickened a little. To serve, divide the parsnip mash between the plates, tip the meatballs into the pan with the sauce and stir to coat them, then pile everything on top of the mash. Scatter over the parsley and drizzle with the remaining olive oil. Serve immediately.

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dave6376's picture
27th Feb, 2020
I made this with lean steak mince because I happened to have 250g in the freezer. It worked fine and the result was delicious. The parsnip mash is an integral part of the dish's flavour and although I used three large parsnips we could have eaten more.
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Donut63 63
24th Jan, 2019
Absolutely gorgeous! I must admit I was abit sceptical about parsnip with meatballs but oh my goodness the two are amazing together! The taste is rich and warm and we now have this twice or more a month and it is one of our favourite ever meals. There is nothing I would change or add to this recipe it’s just awesome as it is. Just make sure the parsnips are buttery and well peppered. Fantastic!
14th Dec, 2016
My oven is broken, would I be able to grill or fry the meatballs instead?
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