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Cheesy Meatballs Pasta

5 from 1 vote
Course: Main Course
Keyword: cheesy meatballs pastsa
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 4 people
Delicious and rich pasta dish with cheesy meatballs
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  • 2 slices sourdough or other bread of choice (crust removed and can be set aside to make croutons)
  • 1/4 cup milk of choice
  • 500 grams pork & veal mince
  • 1 medium carrot, grated
  • 1 onion, minced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup fresh parsley
  • 1 lemon, zested and juiced
  • 3/4 cup grated parmesan
  • 2/3 cup grated mozarella
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 700 grams passata sauce
  • 400 grams spaghetti
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 2 teaspoons dried basil
  • salt and pepper


  • Pre-heat oven to 180 degrees Celsius. Line a baking tray with parchment paper.
  • In a small bowl, tear the bread into pieces and add the milk. Let it soak for at least 5 minutes. Then squeeze out excess milk.
  • In a large bowl, mix the mince, egg, garlic, onion, grated carrots, parsley, lemon juice and zest, soaked bread, and half of the parmesan cheese. Mix by hand or with a spoon until well combined. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Roll about a tablespoon of the mix into a ball. Arrange on the tray about half an inch apart. Bake for about 10-12 minutes until golden brown. You can also grill or shallow-fry the meatballs if not using an oven.
  • In a saucepan or dutch oven, heat the olive oil, then add your passata sauce, and dried oregano, basil, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil and then lower heat to simmer. Slowly add back in the cooked meatballs into the simmering sauce and let it cook for 10 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, boil some water in another saucepan with some salt, and cook your pasta per package instructions or until al dente. Save some pasta water and drain the pasta once cooked.
  • Add your mozarella into the meatball sauce, and turn off heat. You can add a little pasta water if it's too thick. Transfer your pasta on a dish and pour the meatball pasta sauce over it. Sprinkle some more parmesan cheese and chopped parsley. Enjoy!


**You can sub the passata sauce with two 400 grams can of diced tomatoes
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