Speedy meatball stew

Speedy meatball stew

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(38 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 potatoes, 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
    olive oil

    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 cloves, 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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RosieVimes's picture
23rd Oct, 2015
Really enjoyed this, but wouldn't say it was quite as 'speedy' to make as listed; prep & cooking both took a little longer, the meatballs in particular took longer to cook. BUT it was worth the extra cook time, the flavours were brill, and there was plenty for 2 main meals & a packed lunch. I substituted sweet potatoes for the regular, and served with some bulgar wheat. Will be coming back to this again!
20th Apr, 2014
absolutely loved this dish easy to make (i made it with aldi german meatballs )and have to say they are the best meatballs i have ever tasted ! i added more potatoes to bulk it up and served it with salad and garlic bread ! something always seams to go wrong when i cook but this turned out perfect :)
20th Feb, 2014
Made up some simple meatballs then followed this tasty recipe. Very filling so didn't really need the bread, and not quite juicy enough to justify it either. Really enjoyed by everyone.
29th Aug, 2013
Really yummy. Used mixed Italian herbs instead of rosemary and added a teaspoon of chilli. Also used frozen sweetcorn because I didn't have peas. Will definitely be making again, very filling.
19th May, 2013
I made this vegetarian by using quorn meatballs. I also added sweet corn to it. Very quick and easy and tasted great too.
20th Apr, 2013
Although next time I will add more potatoes as it didn't seem enough.
20th Apr, 2013
This was very quick to prepare, and I really enjoyed it. I will make it again!
23rd Jul, 2012
This went down very well as a midweek supper will definitely cook again, i used a tin of cherry tomatoes instead of passata though.
29th Jun, 2012
Cooked the meatballs in the over(easier to get the fat out) and it's super delicious!! Fills you right up, excellent for dieters :)
2nd May, 2012
I use Bbcgoodfood for most my recipes and have tried hundreds....this was by far the worst. Unless you love the taste over rosemary this dish was awful. We actually threw it away which we never do. Waste of time and money unless you have an addicted to rosemary!


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