Oven-baked meatballs

Oven-baked meatballs
  • Serves: 4
  • Cook time: Ready in about 1 hour 40 minutes
  • Ready in: Over 60 Minutes
  • Difficulty Rating: 1
  • * Freezer friendly
  • SP Perfect for Extra Easy SP
  • Syns per serving:
      FREE

There’s an authentic Italian flavour to this mouth-watering dish and shaping the balls with your hands is fun.

ingredients

  • 2 large onions, finely chopped
  • 500g lean beef mince (5% fat or less)
  • 2 tsp dried oregano
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 400g can chopped tomatoes
  • 1 tsp sweetener
  • 400g passata with basil
  • 150ml hot vegetable stock
  • 2 medium courgettes, trimmed and cut into chunks
  • 1 medium aubergine, trimmed and cut into chunks

method

  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C/Fan 180°C/Gas 6.
  2. Put half the chopped onions in a bowl with the beef, oregano, garlic and some seasoning, then mix well and divide into 20 portions. Roll each portion into a ball and chill until ready to use.
  3. Mix together all the remaining ingredients in a large roasting tin and season well. Cover the dish with foil and bake in the oven for 50 minutes. Stir in the meatballs and bake for a further 40 minutes.

Tip: You could make the meatballs using extra-lean turkey mince instead of beef.

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