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Meatballs

Nutritional Information

(per serving – 1/4 recipe)

1339kJ / 320kcal
19g protein
46g carbohydrate, of which 9g sugars
8g fat, of which 0.5g saturates
4g fibre
70mg sodium, equivalent to 0.2g salt

 

Ingredients

  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 200g lean lamb mince
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 400g chopped tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp tomato purée
  • 2 tsp dried mixed herbs
  • 200g closed-cup mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 pepper, any colour, chopped
  • 200g dried pasta shapes, like macaroni

 

Method

1 Mix some of the chopped onion and garlic with the mince. Shape the mince into small balls about half the size of a golf ball.

Try using turkey mince as a lower-fat alternative to lamb.

2 Heat the oil in a non-stick frying pan and brown the meatballs on all sides. Remove and put on to a plate.

3 Add the remaining onion to the frying pan and cook for 2-3 minutes until soft. Add the remaining garlic and cook for another minute.

4 Add the tomatoes, tomato purée, herbs, mushrooms and peppers to the pan with 150ml water. Bring to the boil, then add the meatballs. Reduce the heat, cover with a lid and simmer for 30 minutes.

5 About 10 minutes before serving, put the pasta on to cook in plenty of boiling water. Serve with the meatballs and tomato sauce.

Serve with wholegrain brown rice as an alternative to pasta, but remember that it takes 25-30 minutes to cook.

If you enjoyed making this recipe and would like to share your success with others we’d love to hear from you