Most of us like meatballs. I do. Not just because they are tasty but also because you can make a big batch that will last for a few days. This is handy as most of us don’t have time to cook from scratch every day.
I used lean meat in this recipe and the sauce does not contain any cream or butter, so this dish is healthy, packed with protein as well as fibre from the vegetable sauce. It is also very quick, and you can make the meatballs and the sauce (most of it) while the peppers are roasting. Once the peppers are done all you need to do is add them to the sauce, puree, and pour over the meatballs.
This dish can be enjoyed with pasta, quinoa, mashed potatoes or simply on its own. Or you could make a meatball sub, which according to my son is the absolute best way of eating these meatballs. Enjoy!
500 g lean minced meat (pork, chicken or turkey)
3 tablespoons fresh basil, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
2 tablespoons tomato puree
3 large red peppers, cut in half, seeds removed
1 onion, chopped
1 celery stick, chopped
1 bay leaf
1 large tomato, chopped
2 tablespoons white wine
4 tablespoons olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste
Place the pepper halves on a baking tray under the grill for about 20 minutes (alternatively bake in the oven slightly longer at gas mark 5) turning halfway. Take out of the oven, let cool a little and remove as much of the skin as possible. Chop the peppers roughly and set aside.
To make the meatballs, combine the meat, basil, 1 garlic clove, 1 tablespoon tomato puree, season and stir well. Form little balls, heat up 2 tablespoons of oil and fry the meatballs on a medium heat for about 6-7 minutes turning often. Set aside.
To make the sauce, in a saucepan heat up 2 tablespoons of oil, add the bay leaf, onion, 1 garlic clove, celery and tomato, stir and let simmer for 2 minutes. Add the wine and cook for another 2 minutes. Add 1 tablespoon of tomato puree, season, cover and simmer for 15 minutes. Remove from the heat, discard the bay leaf, add the peppers and puree. Add the meatballs, heat up briefly if required and enjoy!
I’ve entered this recipe in this month’s Cook Once Eat Twice hosted by Searching for Spice I’ve also entered this recipe in #SaucySaturdays hosted by La Petit Chef, Mid-Life Croissant, Take Two Tapas, and The Flavor Bender