Italian style meatballs

Tasty Italian style meatballs Recipe

Made with fresh basil and breadcrumbs, these pork and veal meatballs are irresistible.
Italian style meatballs
Prep Time : 0:20 | Cook Time : 0:20 | Total Time : 0:40 | Serving : 4 person.


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 1 x 700ml btl passata (tomato pasta sauce)

  • 1 x 400g can diced tomato

  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste

  • 2 tablespoons water

  • 1 teaspoon caster sugar

  • 1/2 cup torn fresh basil leaves

  • Shaved parmesan

  • Crusty bread, to serve

  • Baby rocket salad, to serve


  • 250g pork mince

  • 250g veal mince

  • 70g (1 cup) fresh breadcrumbs (made from day-old Italian-style bread)

  • 1 brown onion, coarsely grated

  • 1 garlic clove, crushed

  • 1 egg, lightly whisked

  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil


  • Step 1

    To make the meatballs, place the pork mince, veal mince, breadcrumbs, onion, garlic, egg and basil in a large bowl. Season with salt and pepper. Use clean wet hands to mix until well combined. Shape 2 tablespoons of the mince mixture into a large ball. Repeat with the remaining mince mixture to make 15 more balls.

  • Step 2

    Heat the oil in a large non-stick frying pan over medium heat. Add the meatballs and cook, turning occasionally, for 5 minutes or until browned.

  • Step 3

    Meanwhile, place the passata, diced tomato and tomato paste in a medium bowl. Add a little water to the empty passata bottle. Screw on the lid and shake well. Pour into the bowl and stir to combine.

  • Step 4

    Add the tomato mixture to the pan. Cover and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Reduce the heat to medium-low and cook, covered, for 15 minutes or until the meatballs are tender and cooked through. Remove from heat and stir in the sugar. Taste and season with salt and pepper. (To freeze, see tips.)

  • Step 5

    Divide the meatballs among serving plates and spoon over the sauce. Sprinkle with the basil and parmesan. Serve with crusty bread and rocket salad.

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