Tray Bake Recipe for Easy Meatballs With Sweet Potato Wedges

Baked pecorino and white pepper meatballs

  • serves 4
  • Easy

White pepper gives a lovely fiery heat to these juicy meatballs, served in a traybake with sweet potato wedges, red onions and vine tomatoes


Use whole white peppercorns rather than the ready-ground white pepper, as the flavour is far superior.

Make these baked pecorino and white pepper meatballs for a comforting family dinner. Also check out more delicious meatball recipes, such as our baked Italian meatballs, healthy meatballs and vegetarian meatballs.



  • fresh white breadcrumbs 100g
  • milk 4 tbsp
  • pork mince 600g
  • pecorino 170g, finely grated
  • egg 1
  • white peppercorns 1 tbsp, crushed with a pestle and mortar
  • garlic 1 clove, crushed
  • sage small handful of leaves, finely chopped


  • sweet potatoes 1kg, cut into 2-3cm wedges
  • vine tomatoes 6 large, roughly chopped
  • red onions 2, sliced
  • olive oil
  • basil a small bunch, chopped


  • Step 1

    Put the breadcrumbs in a bowl and pour over the milk, stirring until combined. Add the remaining ingredients and mix well. Take big pinches of the mixture and roll into walnut-sized meatballs. Chill for 30 minutes.

  • Step 2

    Heat the oven to 200C/fan 180C/gas 6. Scatter the sweet potatoes, tomatoes and onions in a roasting tin in a single layer, or spread over 2 baking trays.

  • Step 3

    Drizzle with 3 tbsp olive oil and toss. Lay the meatballs on top, spreading them out evenly. Bake for 25 minutes. Remove from the oven and turn the meatballs over, stirring the vegetables too.

  • Step 4

    Return to the oven for another 20-30 minutes until everything is cooked. Scatter the basil over just before serving.

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Nutritional Information

  • Kcals 941
  • Fat 40g
  • Saturates 17.1g
  • Carbs 87.7g
  • Sugars 43.2g
  • Fibre 14.8g
  • Protein 50g
  • Salt 2.1g