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Saucy Meatballs Recipe With Burrata And Pesto

Saucy meatballs with burrata and pesto

Published: January 15, 2020 at 4:40 pm
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  • Preparation and cooking time
    • Total time
  • Easy
  • Serves 6

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, and also check out our easy pesto pasta.


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


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


  • 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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