I must confess that meatballs is one of those things I struggle with a bit. I have one tried and tested recipe but not much else. Don’t get me wrong, I really like meatballs. They are usually offer really good value for money. However I usually don’t find them very inspiring. This has recently changed thanks to Tesco magazine. They published a recipe for meatballs bake that I liked enough to try. I had to fine tune it a bit to meet my preferences and I am now ready to share my version of Tesco’s meatballs and pasta in tomato sauce. It is a fantastic way to cook delicious meal in one pot that would feed the whole family. Simple, easy but flavoursome. Meatballs are now my friends!
Equipment required: flameproof roasting tray. I use cast iron dish that can be used on the hob as well.
- 1 tblsp rapeseed oil
- 2 small red onions, finely chopped
- 1 garlic clove, finely chopped
- 350g beef meatballs (I use 20 small meatballs as they are easier to serve to kids. However you can replace them by 12 regular size meatballs)
- 500ml tomato passata
- 1 tblsp tomato purée
- 1 bay leaf
- 1 tsp sugar
- 250g small pasta (I like orzo but corbata should work as well)
- 80g feta cheese, cut into 1cm cubes.
- e Pre heat the oven to 180 centigrade
- Heat the oil in the roasting tray (or large saucepan if the tray is not safe to use on the hob) over a medium heat. Add the onion and garlic and cook for 2-3 minutes.
- Add the meatballs and cook for another 2 minutes, turning frequently to ensure they are evenly browned.
- Pour in the passata and 150ml water. Stir in the tomato purée, bay leaf and sugar. If you used saucepan, transfer contents into the roasting tray.
- Place the tray in the middle of pre heated oven and bake for 25 minutes.
- Rinse the pasta under cold water. Drain well.
- After 25 minutes of baking stir in the pasta into the meatball and sauce mixture. Scatter over the cheese and return to the oven.
- Bake for another 20 minutes or until the pasta is cooked.
Serve immediately with a glass of chianti.