Spaghetti and meatballs in a tomato and red pepper sauce recipe

  • Serves 4
  • 10 mins to prepare and 40 mins to cook
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Customer recipe by Filipa Kay
Added 84 months ago

Pre-heat the oven to 200° C and place a large pan of salted water on to boil. Cut the peppers in half and deseed. Place in the oven on a hot baking sheet for 15 to 20 minutes while you prepare the meatballs and sauce.

To make the meatballs

Place the mince in a large bowl and add the crushed garlic. Squeeze the milk from the slice of bread and add the softened bread to the mince, along with the beaten egg.

Using you hands, mix the mince well so that all the ingredients are well combined. Add the remaining ingredients and mix again. Divide the mix into 20 and roll into small, walnut sized balls.

Place a large frying pan on a high heat and add the olive oil. When the oil is hot add the meatballs to the pan and fry, turning frequently, until they are evenly browned and cooked through. Remove them from the pan and place on kitchen towel to remove any excess grease before adding to the sauce.

To make the sauce

Finely dice the onion and crush the garlic. Heat the oil in a large saucepan over a medium heat, when the oil is hot add the onions and garlic and fry until the onion has softened. When the onion is soft add the passata, mixed herbs and sugar, mix well then simmer for 10 to 15 minutes.

Remove the roasted peppers from the oven, remove as much skin as possible and then slice the flesh and add to the sauce.

Pour the sauce into a blender and blitz until you have a fairly smooth sauce. Stir in the crème fraiche and return the sauce to the pan over a medium heat. Add the meatballs to the sauce and keep the pan on the heat until you are ready to serve.

Just before serving stir through the chopped basil.

To serve

Cook the pasta according to the packet instructions. Divide the pasta equally between four pasta bowls, top with the meatballs and spoon over the remaining sauce. Finally top with the fresh basil leaves and Parmesan shavings and serve.


Good quality sausages can make a great shortcut if you are in a hurry. Remove the skins and roll the sausage meat into balls.

Please note: this recipe has been created and uploaded by a member of the Tesco Real Food online community. Tesco does not test customer recipes so cannot accept responsibility for the content, validate the results or answer queries regarding them.

  • For the meatballs
  • 500g (1lb) pork mince
  • 3 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 slice of bread soaked in milk
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 lemon, juice and zest
  • 1tsp dried thyme
  • 1tsp dried rosemary
  • 1tbsp fresh parsley, finely chopped
  • 2tbsp olive oil
  • For the tomato and roasted red pepper sauce
  • 2 red peppers
  • 1 red onion
  • 1tbsp olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 500g passata
  • 1tsp mixed herbs
  • 1tsp brown sugar
  • 2-3tbsp crème fraiche
  • 1tbsp basil, finely chopped
  • salt and pepper
  • To serve
  • 300g spaghetti
  • fresh basil leaves
  • parmesan shavings

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