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Meatballs 'n' sauce recipe

Meatballs 'n' sauce

Prep time
15 mins

Cooking time
35 mins

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  • 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


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.


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


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.


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.


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.

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