Chicken meatballs with tomato sauce and pasta

    1 hour 5 min

    Chicken meatballs make for a tasty and healthy alternative to beef or pork. This is a recipe for a family of five, plus a little extra for leftovers.

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    Serves: 8 

    • Sauce
    • 400g passata
    • 1/2 (400g) tin chopped tomatoes
    • 500g tomato puree
    • 525ml water
    • 1 tablespoon dried basil
    • salt and pepper to taste
    • Meatballs
    • 900g minced chicken
    • 110g dried breadcrumbs
    • 40g grated Parmesan cheese
    • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
    • 2 tablespoons dried Italian herbs
    • salt and pepper to taste
    • drizzle of olive oil
    • 500g whole wheat spaghetti

    Prep:20min  ›  Cook:45min  ›  Ready in:1hr5min 

    1. Stir together the passata, chopped tomatoes, tomato puree, water and basil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Salt and pepper to taste. Bring to the boil, reduce heat to low, and simmer for 15 minutes while preparing meatballs.
    2. Mix together the minced chicken, breadcrumbs, Parmesan cheese, eggs, Italian herbs, salt and pepper in a medium bowl. Roll into 2 to 3cm balls.
    3. Heat a large frying pan over medium heat, and lightly drizzle with just a bit of olive oil. Brown the meatballs on all sides. Add meatballs to the simmering pasta sauce and cook for about 30 minutes.
    4. Fill a large pot with lightly salted water, and bring to a rolling boil over high heat. Once the water is boiling, stir in the spaghetti, and return to the boil. Cook until the pasta has cooked through, but is still firm to the bite, about 12 minutes. Drain. Serve the meatballs and sauce over the cooked spaghetti.


    You could also make these meatballs with turkey mince.

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    Very good recipe. Quite quick and easy to do.  -  06 May 2011


    This produced a really fresh tasting sauce, which I definitely appreciate! I added fresh garlic and mushrooms (sauteed in a bit of olive oil) to the sauce just because those are 2 things that are vital to spaghetti sauce in this house! The sauce was very simple, but *really* tasty. The only thing I had a problem with were the meatballs... I think next time I will cut the seasoning in half as the italian seasoning was overwhelming; it kinda ruined the flavor of the meatballs for me. That being said, the meatballs had the BEST texture and consistency. Thank you very much, CookingDiva!  -  03 Mar 2009  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    First let me say this is a fab website for beginner cooks, I'm new to this site and I've only taken a real interest in cooking for my family 3 years ago when I started staying home full time. Anyway,back to the meatballs not only was it an easy recipe to follow,but the meatballs were really good. You would think my 14 year old was NYC food critic with the way he comments about my food,but he told my husband that he liked these so much he was speechless for once. Great recipe I'm becoming more confident with every meal I cook because if this website.  -  18 Mar 2009  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)