Lemony meatballs in tomato sauce

Lemony meatballs in tomato sauce


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About this recipe: You can never go wrong with this classic dish of meatballs and tomato sauce. This recipe adds a twist with lemon zest. Serve over your favourite pasta, rice, polenta or mashed potato.


Serves: 4 

  • 1 slice of bread, crust removed
  • 1/2 glass of milk
  • 600g minced beef
  • 1 handful of chopped fresh parsley
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • salt to taste
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped (optional)
  • 500g tinned chopped tomatoes
  • 1 handful of fresh basil leaves, chopped
  • olive oil as needed

Prep:15min  ›  Cook:40min  ›  Ready in:55min 

  1. Put the bread in the milk to soften. Combine it with the mince, parsley, lemon zest and salt. Also add the garlic if using. Mix everything well and make little 2cm meatballs.
  2. In the meantime, prepare the tomato sauce with the peeled tomatoes, basil, salt and oil. When the sauce starts boiling, throw in the meatballs and cook over low heat for about 40 minutes with the lid on.


You could use half beef mince and half pork mince for these meatballs, if desired.

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Great recipe made exactly. I did like the meatballs, made a nice change from the traditional. - 10 Sep 2012

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