Easy Meatball Recipe With Tomato and Green Olive

Meatballs with tomato and green olive sauce

  • serves 4
  • Easy

Meatballs are a great family and budget choice and can be made ahead and frozen. These easy pork meatballs are cooked in a rich tomato, garlic and olive sauce. Serve with pasta, rice or mash.

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Ingredients

  • lean pork mince 500g
  • red onion 1 small, grated or very finely chopped
  • dried chilli flakes a pinch (optional)
  • fennel seeds ½ tsp, crushed in a pestle and mortar
  • parmesan grated to make 4 tbsp

TOMATO AND OLIVE SAUCE

  • olive oil
  • garlic 3 cloves, sliced
  • plum tomatoes 2 × 400g tins
  • cloves 4
  • green olives 12, pitted and quartered
  • basil a small bunch, shredded
  • tagliatelle 300g
  • butter a knob

Method

  • Step 1

    To make the sauce heat 2 tbsp olive oil in a non-stick pan. Add the garlic and sizzle gently for a couple of minutes. Tip in the tomatoes and cloves, then simmer for 15 minutes until the sauce has thickened a little, squashing down the tomatoes as you cook.

  • Step 2

    Meanwhile, to make the meatballs, put the rest of the ingredients in a bowl, season and mix well with your hands. Form into walnut-sized balls (you’ll get about 20).

  • Step 3

    Heat a non-stick frying pan with 1 tbsp olive oil. Brown the meatballs all over – do this in batches to avoid overcrowding the pan.

  • Step 4

    Scoop the cloves out of the tomato sauce, then add the meatballs and olives. Simmer for another 20 minutes. Stir in the basil to finish. Serve with buttered tagliatelle.

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Nutritional Information

  • Kcals 641
  • Fat 24g
  • Carbs 65.9g
  • Fibre 4.2g
  • Protein 45.5g
  • Salt 1.24g
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