Meatballs in tomato sauce

Meatballs in tomato sauce

For a meatier version, add two skinned, good-quality sausages to the meatball mix.

, 21 September 2015

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Meatballs in tomato sauce
  • 40 Mins

  • Serves: 4

  • Price: £1.60 per serving

Nutritional Info
Each 522g serving contains
  • Energy



  • Fat



  • Saturates



  • Sugars



  • Salt



of your 5-a-day
of your reference intake.
Typical energy values per 100g: 537kJ/128kcal.
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 700g jar Asda Extra Special Smooth Passata
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 2 tbsp chopped basil
  • 2 tbsp chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • 1 red pepper, de-seeded and finely diced
  • 500g Asda Lean Steak Mince
  • 50g fresh white breadcrumbs
  • 1 medium egg, lightly beaten
  • 3 tbsp Parmesan, grated
  • Plain flour, for rolling
  • 300g Asda Spaghetti, to serve
  • Heat half the olive oil in a saucepan and cook the onion until soft and golden. Add the garlic and cook for another minute. Remove a quarter of the mixture and set aside to cool.

  • Add the passata to the pan with the sugar and half the basil and parsley. Season and bring to the boil. Add the red pepper, partially cover the pan and simmer for 10 minutes.

  • Put the reserved onion and garlic into a large bowl with the steak mince, fresh breadcrumbs and beaten egg. Add the rest of the chopped basil and flat-leaf parsley and 1 tbsp Parmesan cheese. Season with salt and cracked black pepper and mix together with your hands until all the ingredients are just evenly combined.

  • Wet your hands, shape the mixture into 12 evenly sized meatballs, then roll in flour.

  • Heat the rest of the olive oil in a deep frying pan and cook the meatballs until brown – you may need to do this in two batches if your pan isn’t large enough to fit all 12 meatballs. When all the meatballs are browned, add the tomato sauce, then cover the pan and simmer for 10 minutes.

  • Meanwhile, cook the spaghetti following pack instructions. Serve with the meatballs and sprinkle the rest of the Parmesan cheese on top.