Italian meatballs with cherry tomato sauce

Preparation time
35 mins
Cooking time
15 mins
Difficulty
easy
Serves
4 people
Italian meatballs with cherry tomato sauce

Italian meatballs with cherry tomato sauce.

This healthy version of the classic Italian favourite is sure to keep the kids smiling.

Italian meatballs with cherry tomato sauce

Ingredients

  • 1 small zucchini, grated
  • 1 small carrot, grated
  • 400g extra lean beef mince
  • 1 small brown onion, grated
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh basil leaves
  • 1/2 cup fresh wholemeal breadcrumbs
  • 1 egg
  • 4 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 250g dried wholemeal spaghetti
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 2 x 250g punnets cherry tomatoes, halved
  • Fresh basil leaves and grated parmesan, to serve

Instructions

  1. Squeeze excess liquid from zucchini and carrot. Place in a large bowl. Add mince, onion, basil, breadcrumbs, egg, and half the garlic. Season with salt and pepper. Mix well. Roll level tablespoons of mixture into balls. Place on a large plate.
  2. Cook spaghetti in a large saucepan of boiling water, following packet directions, until tender. Drain.
  3. Meanwhile, heat oil in a large non-stick frying pan over medium-high heat. Cook meatballs, in batches, turning regularly, for 5 minutes or until browned. Transfer to a large plate.
  4. Add remaining garlic to pan. Cook, stirring, for 30 seconds or until fragrant. Add tomatoes. Season with pepper. Cook, stirring, for 3 minutes or until tomatoes collapse.
  5. Add meatballs. Cook for 4 to 5 minutes or until cooked through. Serve meatballs on spaghetti topped with basil and parmesan.
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