For a classic healthy eating family meal, you can’t beat meatballs.
Served with a crispy salad or some pasta, they are sure to be a hit.
This healthy eating recipe uses simple, fresh ingredients to create a hearty and wholesome dish for four people.
By allowing the meatballs to simmer slowly on the stovetop it gives time for the flavours to develop.
This dish also freezes well – just defrost in the fridge overnight.
Feel free to switch the herbs to whatever you have on hand – fresh parsley works well, as does mint or rosemary.
For the sauce:
- 1 large brown onion, peeled and finely diced
- 2 tsp minced garlic
- 1 tsp minced chilli (optional)
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 500g tomato passata or plain pasta sauce
- 400g tin of whole peeled tomatoes
- Salt and pepper to taste
For the meatballs:
- 400g lean beef mince
- 1 egg
- 1 cup wholemeal breadcrumbs
- ¼ cup light milk
- 3 tbsp fresh basil leaves, torn + extra to serve
- ½ cup low fat feta, crumbled
- Heat a large frying pan over med/high and add the oil.
- Add the onion and the garlic and stir fry for 3-4 minutes.
- Open the tin of whole peeled tomatoes and use a sharp knife to very roughly chop them.
- Pour the passata and tomatoes into the pan and season to taste.
- Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat to simmer while you make the meatballs.
- In a separate bowl, add all meatball ingredients and mix well.
- Form the mixture into large meatballs, slightly bigger than a golf ball.
- Pop the meatballs into the simmering sauce, increase the heat and bring to the boil.
- Don’t worry that the sauce may not cover the meatballs.
- Reduce the heat and cover the pan with the lid.
- Cook for an hour, then turn over the meatballs carefully.
- Cook for a further hour and a half, stirring carefully once during this time.
- Sprinkle with extra basil leaves, to serve.
Serves: 4. Calories per serve: 442.
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