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Beef meatballs with tomato sauce

An Italian dish which is easy to make for friends and family, served with pasta.

A plate with rice and beef meatballs in a tomato sauce.

Serves: 4

Time: 1 hour 5 minutes


  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 200 grams lean beef mince
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 tin of chopped tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons tomato puree
  • 2 teaspoons mixed dried herbs
  • 200 grams mushrooms, sliced
  • 100 grams fresh or frozen pepper, chopped


  1. Mix a quarter of the chopped onion and garlic with the mince.
  2. Shape the mince into small balls about half the size of a golf ball.
  3. Heat the oil and fry the meatballs in a pan until browned all over.
  4. Remove the meatballs from the pan and set aside on a plate.
  5. Add the remaining onion to the pan and cook until soft.
  6. Add the remaining garlic and cook for another minute.
  7. Add the chopped tomatoes, tomato puree, herbs, mushrooms, peppers and meatballs to the pan.
  8. Bring the sauce to the boil, cover with a lid and simmer for 30 minutes.
  9. Serve with pasta or boiled rice.

Nutritional information

Each serving provides Amount in grams
Energy 741 kilojoules/176 kilocalories
Fat 5.7
Saturates 1.6
Sugar 10.7
Salt 0.17

Typical values per 100g: Energy 252kJ/60kilocalories

The information stated above is based on each serving of beef meatballs with tomato sauce and excludes suggested accompaniments.

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