Spicy meatballs

Spicy meatballsNo Italian menu would be complete without meatballs - and these are easy-peasy.

Spicy meatballs
  • Serves: 4
  • Prep time: 4 minutes
  • Cook time: 16 minutes
  • Ready in: Less than 30 Minutes
  • Difficulty Rating: 1
  • * Freezer friendly
  • Syns per serving:


  • 1 red onion
  • 450g minced pork, less than 5% fat
  • ¼ tsp crushed chillies
  • 2 tbsp freshly chopped thyme
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 400g can chopped tomatoes
  • Fresh basil leaves to garnish


  1. Finely chop the onion and place in a bowl. Add the minced pork, crushed chillies, thyme and seasoning and mix together. Shape into firm balls and dry-fry for 3-4 minutes, shaking the pan frequently, until browned.
  2. Add the chopped tomatoes to the pan, bubble vigorously for 1-2 minutes then simmer gently for 8-10 minutes.
  3. Serve the meatballs with spaghetti (or a crisp green salad and a basil garnish.

Tip: This recipe makes about 20 meatballs, but if you want to make more, double the recipe and freeze them in the sauce. Defrost and re-heat for a quick midweek meal.

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