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Hearty meatball bake


Quick and easy to throw together and sit down on a cold night.

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  • 12 beef meatballs
  • 1 red pepper diced
  • 1 courgette diced
  • 1 red chilli deseeded
  • chopped fine
  • 2 cloves garlic chopped fine
  • 1 red onion diced
  • 6-10 mushrooms quartered
  • 1 tin 400g chopped tomatoes
  • 100g tomato puree
  • 1/2 tbsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tbsp thyme
  • 1 tbsp sage
  • 1/2 tbsp dried cumin
  • 2 slices bread for breadcrumbs
  • Chinese 5 spice to coat meatballs
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 150g grated cheese
  • salt & pepper to season


servings 2
Level of difficulty Easy
Preparation time 10mins
Cooking time 30mins
Cost Budget Friendly


Step 1

Hearty meatball bake - Step 1

Coat the meatballs in the Chinese 5 spice.
Heat the oil in a wok on a medium heat and fry the meatballs until coloured all over.
Add the onion, chilli and garlic. Fry until softened but don't colour.
Add the courgette, pepper and mushrooms. Fry until softened.
Pour in the chopped tomatoes, tomato puree, stir thoroughly.
Add the smoked paprika, thyme, sage and cumin. Stir thoroughly.
Blitz the bread slices to make breadcrumbs and mix together with the grated cheese in a bowl.
Transfer the meatball mix to an oven proof dish and top with the breadcrumb and cheese mix.
Bake in a pre heated oven 200* until golden brown and the cheese has melted.
Serve in a big bowl in front of a good movie.

You can use any vegetables you have to hand but these ingredients make a nice ragout to compliment the tomato meatball sauce.

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Thats just whats needed for the long cold winter evening pure comfort food,lovely recipe well done.

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