Saucy Meatballs Recipe With Burrata And Pesto

Saucy meatballs with burrata and pesto

  • serves 6
  • Easy

Make our homemade meatballs in a rich, garlicky tomato sauce for a comforting winter warmer to serve the whole family


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

Try making your own pesto for this dish with our homemade pesto recipe.



  • olive oil 3 tbsp
  • garlic 2 cloves, thinly sliced
  • plum tomatoes 2 x 400g tins
  • tomato purée 1 tbsp
  • chicken stock 300ml
  • sugar (any kind will do) 1 tsp
  • balsamic vinegar 2 tsp
  • butter 50g
  • basil a small bunch, chopped
  • rigatoni 500g
  • burrata 2 whole, torn into chunks
  • fresh pesto 1 tub


  • soft white breadcrumbs 100g
  • milk 2 tbsp
  • pork mince 300g
  • beef mince 300g
  • cumberland sausages 200g, skinned
  • onion 1, peeled and grated
  • garlic 1 clove, crushed
  • parmesan finely grated to make 2 tbsp, plus extra to serve
  • flat-leaf parsley finely chopped to make 2 tbsp
  • egg 1


  • Step 1

    To make the meatballs, tip the breadcrumbs into a bowl, sprinkle over the milk and toss. Add the rest of the ingredients and seasoning, then use a wooden spoon or clean hands to mix together. Form into 24 small meatballs.

  • Step 2

    Heat 2 tbsp of olive oil in a large, deep frying pan. Brown the meatballs all over in batches, scooping out when done. You don’t need to cook them all the way through as they’ll simmer in the sauce later.

  • Step 3

    Add the rest of the oil and gently cook the sliced garlic for 2-3 minutes. Tip in the tomatoes and break up with a spoon. Add the tomato purée, stock, sugar and vinegar, bring to a simmer and cook for 30 minutes. Return the meatballs, put on a lid and cook for 15 minutes. Stir in the butter and basil.

  • Step 4

    Cook the rigatoni following pack instructions. Spoon the pasta into warm bowls with the meatballs and sauce, and top with some burrata, pesto and more parmesan, if you like.

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Nutritional Information

  • Kcals 966
  • Fat 52.5g
  • Saturates 20.3g
  • Carbs 73.5g
  • Sugars 10.8g
  • Fibre 8.2g
  • Protein 45.8g
  • Salt 2.1g