Saucy meatball & carrot bake with crispy feta crumbs

Saucy meatball & carrot bake with crispy feta crumbs

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Prep: 30 mins Cook: 1 hr


Serves 8
A moreish meatball recipe that you can divide into batches and freeze for later - a great way to use up a glut of carrots

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal488
  • fat24g
  • saturates8g
  • carbs38g
  • sugars19g
  • fibre5g
  • protein33g
  • salt1.85g
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  • 900g pork mince
  • 140g breadcrumbs
  • 1 tbsp caraway seeds
  • 1 egg



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

  • 4 tsp ground cumin



    An aromatic spice native to eastern Mediteranean countries and Upper Egypt. This warm,…

  • 750g carrot, peeled and halved lengthways, or quartered if they're really big



    The carrot, with its distinctive bright orange colour, is one of the most versatile root…

  • 4 tbsp olive oil, plus extra for frying
    olive oil

    Olive oil

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  • 3 onions, whizzed to a paste in a food processor



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

  • good chunk ginger, grated



    Mainly grown in Jamaica, Africa, India, China and Australia, ginger is the root of the plant. It…

  • 680g bottle passata
  • 2 x 400g cans chopped tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp sugar



    Honey and syrups made from concentrated fruit juice were the earliest known sweeteners. Today,…

  • 200g pack feta cheese, crumbled
  • small pack parsley, chopped



    One of the most ubiquitous herbs in British cookery, parsley is also popular in European and…


  1. Heat oven to 220C/200C fan/gas 7. Mix the pork, 50g of the breadcrumbs, caraway seeds, egg and half the cumin with 2 tsp salt and lots of pepper. Roll into about 30 meatballs and put into a large non-stick roasting tin. Put the carrots into another roasting tin. Split the oil between the two, and gently toss to coat. Roast for 30-40 mins, shaking the tins halfway (and swapping between shelves if you need to), until golden and cooked through.

  2. Meanwhile, fry the onion, ginger and remaining cumin in a drop more oil for a few mins in a large pan, stirring constantly. Stir in the passata, chopped tomatoes, sugar and some seasoning, then simmer for 15 mins.

  3. Divide the meatballs and carrots between baking dishes or tins and spoon over the tomato sauce. Mix the remaining breadcrumbs with the feta, parsley and some seasoning. Set aside any portions for freezing now, and sprinkle feta crumbs over any portions to be cooked immediately.

  4. To eat now, reduce the oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6 and bake for 20 mins until crumbs are golden and everything is piping hot. Or follow the tips for freezing below, then defrost portions, finish assembling and bake at 180C/160C fan/gas 4 for 30-50 mins until everything is piping hot and bubbling – the cooking time will depend a bit on the portion size you are baking.

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6th Nov, 2012
I have made this a few times and it is a tasty dish for the family. I generally serve it with rice or bulghur. However to make it a bit faster I buy ready made meatballs (from Asda's beef meatballs to Waitrose veal and parmesan meatballs) and halve them to make smaller balls. I also roast some parsnips together with the carrots to make a comforting wintry dish.
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14th May, 2012
We liked this. I didnt bother whizzing up the ingredients, just chopped very finely. I left out the egg and I didnt have carraway seeds either. Tasted good though. Will make again.
17th Nov, 2011
Takes a while to make as there are so many ingredients, but it was tasty and easy to make batches (cutting out hassle later on). We had it with some baguette, which was nice, but it would have been good to have a little green veg on the side too. Can see us making this again later in winter.
5th Nov, 2011
I made this originally from the magazine recipe - it wins on so many levels, easy to make, nutritious and soooo tasty. And you can freeze it - but can anyone please tell me how long it can be kept in the freezer??? (Trying to be more thrifty but not always sure how long things can be kept, so if the recipe doesn't say I am lost!!)
23rd Sep, 2011
Really lovely, used goats cheese instead of feta as we had some in.
31st Aug, 2011
Delicious! Fed hungry family of 4 twice: first batch with served with green beans and crusty bread, the second with rice.
24th Aug, 2011
I halved this recipe and we had it as a onepot, so no carby accompanyments - was delicious, but only streched to 3 portions.
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