Spaghetti & Meatballs

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Spaghetti tossed with beef meatballs in a tomato sauce and topped with Parmesan cheese.


  • 400g of value tinned chopped tomatoes
  • 1 large onion (approx 210g), finely chopped
  • 400-500g pack of value minced beef
  • 1 medium egg
  • 360g of value spaghetti
  • 80g of breadcrumbs
  • 2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 4 tsp dried mixed herbs
  • 4 tsp grated Parmesan
  • 2 tbsp tomato puree
  • Serves: 4
  • Course: Main Course
  • Preparation time: 10 mins
  • Cooking time: 25 mins
  • Price per person: £0.67
  • Store cupboard: Basic
  • Calories per serving: 867
  • 5-a-day per serving: 1.1
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  1. Mix the mince, egg, breadcrumbs, 2 tsp mixed herbs and half the onion in a large bowl. Season with salt and pepper and mix well. Shape the mince mixture into 2cm meatballs and set aside.
  2. Heat 1 tbsp oil in a large saucepan and fry the garlic and remaining onion for 2-3 minutes, or until the onion is soft. Stir in the chopped tomatoes, tomato puree and 2 tsp mixed herbs. Cover and gently simmer for 10 minutes.
  3. While the sauce simmers, heat 1 tbsp oil in a frying pan and fry the meatballs for 4-5 minutes, or until lightly browned.
  4. Stir the meatballs into the tomato sauce and continue to simmer for a further 10 minutes, or until the meatballs are cooked through and the sauce develops a smoother, thicker consistency. Add a little extra water if necessary. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  5. Meanwhile, cook the spaghetti according to the packet instructions.
  6. Drain the spaghetti and toss with the meatball and tomato sauce. Serve immediately, sprinkled with the Parmesan cheese.

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