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Put both the mince, onion, fennel, parsley, breadcrumbs and egg into a large bowl. Season really well and mix well with clean hands. Divide into 30 rough meatballs.
Poke a cube of mozzarella into the centre of each meatball and shape the mix around it so it’s completely buried. Leave them to sit while you make the sauce.
Fry the garlic in 2 tbsp oil for 3 minutes. Add the tomatoes, chilli flakes and simmer for 20 minutes until the sauce is thickened. Season.
Heat another tbsp oil in a clean frying pan and fry the meatballs until they’re browned all over. Do this in batches and scoop out onto a plate when they’re brown.
Stir the meatballs and basil into the sauce and cook for 10-15 minutes, until the meatballs are cooked through. Serve with rigatoni.