Cheesy baked meatballs
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Cheesy baked meatballs

Herb-flavoured baked meatballs cooked in a rich, garlic-infused tomato sauce topped with cheese and cooked until melty and delicious.
Course Dinner, Meatballs
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Author Alida Ryder

Ingredients

for the meatballs

  • 500 g pork mince ground pork
  • 500 g beef mince ground beef
  • 1 large onion finely chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves crushed
  • 3 slices white bread crusts removed, soaked in milk
  • handful fresh parsley finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
  • 1 teaspoon freshly cracked pepper
  • 2-3 teaspoons salt to taste

for the tomato sauce

  • 1 onion finely chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves crushed
  • 2 x 400g cans chopped tomatoes
  • 2 teaspoons tomato paste
  • 1 cup beef stock
  • 5 fresh thyme sprigs
  • 1 sprig fresh rosemary
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • salt & pepper to taste

to finish

  • 1 cup grated mozzarella cheese
  • 3 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese
  • fresh basil leaves
  • griddled ciabatta

Instructions

  • To make the meatballs, fry the onion and garlic in a splash of olive oil until soft and fragrant. Allow to cool.
  • Place the pork, beef and onion mixture in a large bowl.
  • Squeeze the soaked bread slices to get rid of any excess milk and add to the meat. Add the herbs salt and pepper then mix well. Fry a teaspoon of the mixture in a hot pan to check the seasoning and adjust accordingly.
  • Form golf-ball sized meatballs and place on a clingfilm-lined tray.
  • Brown the meatballs in a large, oven-proof pan then remove and set aside.
  • To make the tomato sauce, add a splash of oil to the pan you used for the meatballs then fry the onion and garlic until soft and fragrant. Add the chopped tomatoes, tomato paste, beef stock, herbs, sugar and seasoning and allow to simmer, uncovered, for approximately 10 minutes or until the sauce has reduced by a quarter.
  • In the meantime, pre-heat the oven to 200°c.
  • Place the meatballs back into the sauce then place the pan into the oven.
  • Allow the meatballs to bake for 10 minutes then remove from the oven and top with cheese.
  • Place the pan back in the oven and allow the cheese to melt.
  • Remove from the oven and top with fresh basil.
  • Serve with griddled slices of ciabatta.