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Classic meatballs with tomato sauce recipe

Classic meatballs with tomato sauce recipe

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  • Serves 4
  • 10mins to prepare and 20-25mins to cook
  • 359 calories / serving
  • Dairy-free


  • 500g lean beef or lamb mince
  • 1 onion finely chopped
  • 50g fresh white breadcrumbs
  • 3tbsp chopped fresh parsley
  • salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2tbsp sunflower oil
  • 350g tomato and basil pasta sauce
If you haven't got any white bread, try using brown instead

Each serving contains

  • Energy

  • Fat

    21g 30%
  • Saturates

    7g 34%
  • Sugars

    9g 10%
  • Salt

    0.8g 13%

of the reference intake
Carbohydrate 11.3g Protein 30.1g Fibre 1.3g


  1. Place the mince, onion, breadcrumbs and parsley in a large bowl with plenty of salt and pepper. Add the egg yolk and mix well. Divide the mixture into 20 and use clean wet hands to roll into neat meatballs. Heat the oil in a large frying pan, when hot, add the meatballs and cook over a medium heat for about 8-10 mins, stirring once or twice until the balls are golden on all sides.
  2. Add the pasta sauce, bring to the boil, then cover the pan with a baking tray or lid and simmer for about 15mins or until the meatballs are cooked through. Serve straight away with pasta.

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