Italian Meatballs

Italian Meatballs

Italian Meatballs – the Italian classic

A tasty classic, Italian meatballs is easy to prepare for a great mid week evening meal

  1. First make the meatballs
  2. Split the skins of 8 good-quality pork sausages and squeeze out the meat into your largest mixing bowl.
  3. Add 1kg beef mince, 1 finely chopped onion, ½ large bunch flat-leaf parsley, 85g grated Parmesan, 100g fresh breadcrumbs, 2 beaten eggs and lots of seasoning
  4. With your hands mix together really well – the more you squeeze and mash the mince, the more tender the meatballs will be.
  5. Heat oven to 220C/200C fan/gas 7.
  6. Roll the mince mixture into about 50 golf-ball-size meatballs.
  7. Set aside any meatballs for freezing, allowing about 5 per portion, then spread the rest out in a large roasting tin- the meatballs will brown better if spaced out a bit.
  8. Drizzle with a little oil (about 1 tsp per portion), shake to coat, then roast for 20-30 mins until browned.
  9. Meanwhile, make the sauce. Heat 3 tbsp olive oil in your largest pan. Add 4 crushed garlic cloves and sizzle for 1 min.
  10. Stir in four 400g cans chopped tomatoes, 125ml red wine, if using, 3 tbsp caster sugar, ½ a large bunch flat-leaf parsley and seasoning. Simmer for 15-20 mins until slightly thickened
  11. Stir in a few basil leaves, if using, spoon out any portions for freezing, then add the cooked meatballs to the pan to keep warm while you boil the spaghetti (you’ll need about 100g per portion).
  12. Spoon the sauce and meatballs over spaghetti, or stir them all together and serve with extra Parmesan and a few basil leaves, if you like.


  • 8 good-quality pork sausages
  • 1kg beef mince
  • 1 onion finely chopped
  • ½ a large bunch flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped
  • 85g Parmesan, grated
  • 100g fresh breadcrumbs
  • 2 eggs, beaten with a fork
  • Olive oil, for roasting
  • Spaghetti approx 100g per portion

For the Sauce

  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 4 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 4 x 400g cans chopped tomato
  • 125ml red wine (optional)
  • 3 tbsp caster sugar
  • ½ a large bunch flat-leaf parsley,  finely chopped
  • few basil leaves (optional)

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