One-pan mozzarella meatballs

Meatballs conjure visions of happy and informal shared dinners with laughter and talking. Little spheres of shared joy in a slightly spicy tomato sauce with milky hot mozzarella.
  • Serves
  • Prep
    5-10 mins
  • Cook
    15 mins
  • Difficulty
  • 20 meatballs (buy pre-made quality ones with no funny additives but I'm just typing-up the recipe for homemade meatballs actually)
  • 1 clove of garlic crushed
  • half a small onion, finely chopped
  • half a red chilli, chopped
  • large splash of wine
  • 350g passata
  • 1 tbsp tomato purée
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 ball of buffalo mozzarella, chopped finely (impossible to grate)
  • 2 teaspoons of dried mixed herbs
  • sea salt and black pepper
Preheat the oven to 180c/350f. Gently fry the meatballs, without any added oil, in an ovenproof pan or casserole. Once they're nicely brown, remove them to a bowl while you make the sauce.

Gently fry the garlic, chilli and onion and cook until the onion is soft. Add wine or stock then tip in the passata and add the sugar, salt, herbs and black pepper. Simmer for a few minutes.

Add the meatballs back into the pan and coat them with sauce, then scatter the mozzarella on and another sprinkle of dried herbs. Place in the oven for ten minutes until the mozzarella is melting and oozy.
Nutrition info
Beef is an excellent source of Vitamin B12, which plays a role in DNA production and nervous system health as well as in the production of red blood cells. It also provides iron for good oxygen transport.

Tomatoes are a good source of vitamin C, which supports skin and connective tissue health as well as immunity and iron absorption. The biotin in tomatoes is good for helping to control blood sugar.

Get your healthy glow on with an eatnaturally plan!

A tavola non si invecchia – Italian proverb.

Translation: At the table with good friends and family you do not become old.

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