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Arrabbiata meatball bake recipe

Arrabbiata meatball bake recipe

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This midweek winner has all the makings of a classic Italian dish - homemade meatballs, tangy tomato sauce and a crispy cheese topping. Finish with fresh basil for a fresh flavour and some green beans for extra veggies. See method

  • Serves 4
  • 10 mins to prepare and 25 mins to cook
  • 381 calories / serving
  • Freezable


  • 400g beef steak mince
  • 1 small onion, coarsely grated
  • 1½ tsp dried oregano
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1½ tbsp olive oil
  • 500g jar tomato and chilli sauce
  • 50g (2 slices) crusty white bloomer, cut into croutons
  • 65g Grana Padano, finely grated
  • 15g fresh basil, a few whole leaves reserved, the rest chopped
  • 1 red chilli, finely chopped (optional)
  • 440g green beans, trimmed, to serve
If you don't have mince, cut open some sausages instead

Each serving contains

  • Energy

  • Fat

    18g 26%
  • Saturates

    7g 33%
  • Sugars

    11g 13%
  • Salt

    1.8g 31%

of the reference intake
Carbohydrate 22.1g Protein 32.4g Fibre 5.7g


  1. Put the beef mince, onion, 1 tsp oregano and half the garlic in a bowl; season. Mix with clean hands to combine, then roll into 16 balls.

  2. Heat 1 tbsp oil in a large, deep frying pan over a medium-high heat  and fry the meatballs for 6-8 mins until golden brown all over. Preheat the oven to gas 7, 220°C, fan 200°C.

  3. Pour the sauce into the pan and stir to coat the meatballs. Cook for 3-4 mins until bubbling. Mix the remaining garlic, ½ tsp oregano, the bread and cheese in a bowl. 

  4. Stir the chopped basil and chilli, if using, into the sauce, then transfer to a roasting dish. Scatter with the cheesy croutons and drizzle with ½ tbsp oil. Bake for 15-20 mins until the topping is golden and crisp and the meatballs are cooked through.

  5. Meanwhile, boil the green beans for 2-3 mins until tender. Drain and serve with the bake, scattered with the whole basil leaves. 

Freezing and defrosting disclaimer

In order to enjoy optimum flavour and quality, frozen items are best used within 3 months of their freezing date. For more tips on freezing and defrosting food, read our article Love Your Freezer.

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