Pasta meatballs

This dish is very easy and quick to make, and above all a hit with the kids. You can even make it easier for yourself to buy good quality meatballs from the butcher or supermarket, and skip the making meatballs bit. (Method 1-5). This is variation of Jamie Oliver’s recipe meatballs & pasta. Which is  definitely worth trying too!


  • 6 Dutch crisp bakes
  • 4 sprigs of fresh rosemary
  • 2 heaped teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 500 g quality minced beef, pork, or a mixture of the two
  • 1 heaped tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1 large free-range egg
  • olive oil
  • 1 bunch of fresh basil
  • ½ a fresh or dried red chilli
  • 2 x 400 g tin of chopped tomatoes
  • 250 grams of mature shredded cheese.
  • 400 g dried spaghetti or penne
  • Parmesan cheese


  1. Heat the oven to 200 °C. Put 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a large baking tray and place the tray into the oven.
  2. In the meantime crumble the crisp bakes fine with your hands, breaking up any big bits with your fingers, then tip into a large bowl.
  3. Pick and finely chop the rosemary, then add to the bowl with the mustard, minced meat and oregano.
  4. Crack the egg into the bowl, then add a good pinch of sea salt and black pepper.
  5. With clean hands, scrunch and mix everything up well. Divide into 24 small balls.
  6. Carefully take the baking tray out of the oven and put it somewhere on a stable underground out of reach for the kids!
  7. Add the chilli to the oil, and as soon as they start to get some color add the large basil leaves.
  8. Put also the meatballs into the tray, be careful, the oil might spit. Cook the meatballs until nice and brown all over. This will take about 10 – 15 minutes. Shake the tray half way so the meatballs won’t stick to the bottom.
  9. Tip in the tomatoes, make sure all meatballs are covered. Sprinkle over all off the shredded cheese. Season with a pinch of salt and freshly ground pepper. Cook in the oven for 20 minutes or until the cheese has melted and has this nice crunchy look.
  10. Cook the pasta in boiling salted water according to the packet instructions, then drain. Serve with the meatballs in tomato sauce.

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