Easy meatballs and spaghetti

With bonus grated vegetables

Easy meatballs and spaghetti

Serves Serves 6 (makes 30 meatballs)
Time Cooks In1 hour 15 minutes plus cooling & chilling
DifficultyNot too tricky
Nutrition per serving Plus
  • Calories 465 23%
  • Fat 10.6g 15%
  • Saturates 2.5g 13%
  • Sugars 10.4g 12%
  • Salt 0.4g 7%
  • Protein 27.6g 55%
  • Carbs 67.8g 26%
  • Fibre 4.5g -
Of an adult's reference intake
Recipe From

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By Buddy Oliver
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Ingredients

  • 1 onion
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • 1 courgette
  • 6 chestnut mushrooms
  • olive oil
  • 200 g higher-welfare lean minced beef
  • 200 g higher-welfare lean minced pork
  • 50 g wholemeal breadcrumbs
  • 20 g Parmesan cheese
  • 1 large free-range egg
  • 1 x 690 g jar of passata
  • 450 g dried spaghetti
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Recipe From

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By Buddy Oliver
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Method

  1. Peel the onion and 2 cloves of garlic, then coarsely grate on a box grater with the courgette and mushrooms. Scrape everything into a large non-stick frying pan on a medium heat with 1 tablespoon of olive oil and cook for 10 minutes, or until softened, stirring regularly.
  2. Tip the cooked vegetables into a mixing bowl and leave to cool, then add the beef, pork and breadcrumbs. Finely grate in most of the Parmesan and crack in the egg, then season with black pepper.
  3. Squish the mixture together to combine, then with wet hands, take tablespoons of the mixture and shape into 30 little balls. Pop them on to a tray as you go, then place in the fridge for 10 minutes to firm up.
  4. Place a large non-stick frying pan on a medium heat with 1 tablespoon of olive oil, then add the meatballs and cook for 8 to 10 minutes, or until golden brown all over, turning regularly.
  5. Peel and finely chop the leftover garlic cloves. Create a little space in the pan between the meatballs, add the garlic for 2 minutes, then pour in the passata and give the pan a gentle shake.
  6. Simmer for 20 minutes, or until the meatballs are cooked through and the sauce is thickened slightly, stirring occasionally. Taste and season with sea salt and pepper, if needed.
  7. With around 10 minutes to go, cook the pasta in a large pan of boiling salted water according to the packet instructions, then drain, reserving a mugful of starchy cooking water.
  8. Tip the pasta into the meatball pan and gently toss together, loosening with a splash of pasta water, if needed. Divide between bowls, serving the meatballs on top, and finish with a grating of Parmesan.

Tips

Jamie wholeheartedly believes that cooking is up there as one of the most valuable skills you can teach a child. Getting kids excited about food, where it comes from and how to cook it, gives them a better chance of being healthier and happier in the long run. When cooking with kids, use your common sense to determine what jobs they can help you with, depending on their age and skill level. It’s always good to start small, with jobs such as mixing and measuring, then progress to elements of a recipe, then go on to slightly trickier techniques over time. The more they cook, the better they’ll get. Make sure you supervise them when using heat or sharp utensils like knives and box graters, and teach them about the importance of washing their hands before they start, and after handling raw meat and fish, as well as other basic hygiene rules. Most of all, have fun with it, and encourage them to give things a go.

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Recipe From

Let's Cook

By Buddy Oliver