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Meatballs in tomato sauce

Meatballs in tomato sauce

Find out the secrets to great meatballs with my delicious recipe for pasta with meatballs in tomato sauce.
Active Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 8 servings



  • 500 g lean steak mince
  • 500 g lean pork mince
  • 50 g white breadcrumbs
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp dried oregano
  • Salt - I use 1 tsp
  • 1 tbsp olive oil

Tomato Sauce

  • 4 x 400g cans chopped tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp dried oregano
  • 2 tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 4 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • Salt and pepper
  • 8 servings pasta - I use 600g dried tagliatelle
  • Optional - grated cheese to serve


  • Put the chopped tomatoes (4x 400g cans), dried oregano (2 tbsp), white wine vinegar (2 tbsp) and Worcestershire sauce (4 tbsp) into a large pan and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for approximately 30 minutes until the liquid has reduced. Stir occasionally to ensure that the sauce doesn't burn. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Meanwhile bring a separate large pan of salted water to the boil.
  • While the water is boiling, make the meatballs. Put the beef mince (500g), pork mince (500g), breadcrumbs (50g), dried oregano (1 tbsp) and egg into a large bowl. Use your hands to thoroughly mix together the ingredients.
  • Using your hands, form the meatball mix into balls about 3cm diameter.
  • Add your pasta (8 servings/600g dried pasta) to the boiling water and cook according to the packet instructions.
  • Meanwhile, heat the olive oil (1 tbsp) in a large frying pan on a medium heat. Add the meatballs and cook for approximately 10 minutes until they are cooked all the way through. Turn/shake the meatballs regularly to ensure they cook evenly.
  • Once the pasta, sauce and meatballs are all cooked. Add them all to the same pan and give it all a good stir to ensure everything is coated with the tomato sauce and serve.


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Calories: 632kcal | Carbohydrates: 68g | Protein: 37g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 167mg | Sodium: 806mg | Potassium: 1066mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 350IU | Vitamin C: 20.1mg | Calcium: 156mg | Iron: 6.9mg

Any nutritional information provided is the estimated nutritional information per serving. Please refer to my guide to Charlotteā€™s Lively Kitchen nutritional information if you would like to learn more about how this is calculated.

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian