Thursday, 9 February 2017

Recipe- Italian Meatballs in Tomato Sauce (Slimming World Friendly)


A delicious and easy mid week meal. Just 15minutes prep time and 30 minutes in the grill & on the hob to make this extremely filling Italian dish, it's also 0 Syns on Slimming World... Bonus!
My children loved them and is a meal  I will definitely be cooking again.

Ingredients for the Meatballs- Serves 4
  • 380g lean beef mince (5% fat or less)
  • 1/2 small onion, grated
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed 
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 2 tbsps chopped parsley
  • Salt & ground pepper, to taste
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • Chopped parsley to garnish 
Ingredients for the Tomato Sauce
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1x 400g can of chopped tomatoes 
  • 1 level tbsp of tomato purée 
  • 1 tsp of oregano
  • Salt & ground pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 tsp of artificial sweetener 
  1. Make the meatballs. Put the minced beef, onion, garlic, cumin, parsley and seasoning in a large bowl and mix well together. Bind with the beaten egg and then divide into 16 small portions. 
  2. Roll each one into a small ball, using your hands. Place the meatballs under a preheated hot grill and cook for about 10 minutes, until they are starting to brown and the fat stops dripping out of them. 
  3. Meanwhile, make the tomato sauce. Put all the ingredients in a saucepan and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat and simmer gently for 10 minutes. 
  4. Add the meatballs to the tomato sauce in the pan, cover and cook gently over a low heat for about 15 minutes, until the meat is thoroughly cooked. Serve with spaghetti and sprinkle on top some chopped parsley. 


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