Scrolling through the my lovely little lunch box home page I noticed I haven’t posted a meat filled supper in a very long time.
Don’t get me wrong, we’re definitely not vegetarian but of late it seems I have been conjuring up vegetarian based suppers rather than our usual meat filled fare.
Knowing how important a balanced diet is, today I am sharing one of our all time family favourites, the ultimate comfort food, baked meatballs with simple tomato sauce.
This supper is ideal for the little ones. The meatballs are perfect little packages just big enough for teeny tiny hands to grip and nibble on with ease and the pasta sauce is an absolute favourite of every child. Grace demolishes these meatballs, especially along side a little pasta.
Todays incarnation of meatball have been spiked with dried basil, lemon zest, garlic and spring onions making them light and full of flavour. And they couldn’t be simpler to prepare, simply pop all of the ingredients into a bowl, stir to combine and shape into balls. Grace helped with the mixing and shaping this morning and loved it.
I also love that these little darlings are baked. It means I can simply pop the meatballs into the oven and get on with the hundred thousand other ‘to do’s’ on my list without a care in the world. And I don’t have to worry about scrubbing the greasy fry pan clean!
These effortless meatballs are a must try and I promise will become a family favourite of yours too.
To create these easy peasy baked meatballs in simple tomato sauce simply…
Preheat oven to 180 degrees celsius (350F). Place the mince, breadcrumbs, dried basil, spring onion, garlic, lemon zest and egg into a large bowl and mix thoroughly to combine.
Take heaped tablespoon amounts of the mince and use clean wet hands to roll into balls.
Pour the passata, diced tomatoes, balsamic vinegar and sugar into a large oven proof casserole dish and mix to combine.
Pop the meatballs into the sauce, cover and bake for 15 minutes. Uncover and cook for a further 20 minutes or until the meatballs are cooked through.
Meanwhile, bring a large pot of water to the boil, add pasta and cook according to packet instructions. Drain and set aside.
Remove the meatballs from the oven and allow to cool slightly.
Add the pasta to the baked meatballs and mix to combine.
Serve with a sprinkle of grated parmesan and extra spring onions.
baked meatballs w’ simple tomato sauce
500 grams beef mince
1 cup fresh bread crumbs
2 spring onions, thinly sliced
1 tablespoon dried basil
1 garlic clove, minced
zest of a lemon
700 ml passata
400 gram tin diced tomatoes
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon sugar
500 grams short pasta, fussili, penne or rigatoni
grated parmesan cheese, to serve
Preheat oven to 180 degrees celsius (350F). Place the mince, bread crumbs, spring onion, dried basil, garlic, lemon zest and egg in a large bowl and mix to combine. Take heaped tablespoon amounts of the mince and with wet clean hands shape into balls. Set aside. Pour the passata, diced tomatoes, balsamic vinegar and sugar into a large oven proof casserole dish and mix to combine. Add meatballs, cover and bake for 15 minutes. Uncover and bake for a further 20 minutes or until the meatballs are cooked through. Meanwhile, bring a large pot of water to the boil, add pasta and cook according to packet instructions. Drain and set aside. Add the pasta to the cooked meatballs and mix to combine. Serve with a little grated parmesan cheese. Enjoy x
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