These Cheesy Meatballs with a Vegetable Sauce are a firm family favourite!


Ingredients (serves 4)

  • 500g lean beef mince
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 tbs finely chopped fresh basil
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 2/3 cup fresh breadcrumbs
  • 100g piece tasty cheese, cut into 1cm cubes
  • 2 tbs olive oil
  • 2 stalks celery, trimmed, finely chopped
  • 1 medium carrot, grated
  • 1 medium zucchini, grated
  • 500g roma tomatoes, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup salt-reduced tomato paste
  • 2 beef stock cubes
  • Cooked pasta, to serve

Method

  1. Combine mince, onion, basil, egg and breadcrumbs in a bowl. Season with salt and pepper. Shape 1 tablespoon mixture into a flat round. Place 1 cheese cube in centre of round. Shape mixture around cheese to form a ball. Repeat with remaining mixture and cheese
  2. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a frying pan over medium-high heat. Cook meatballs, in batches, turning, for 3 to 4 minutes or until browned. Transfer to a plate. Cover with foil.
  3. Heat remaining oil in pan. Add celery, carrot and zucchini. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes or until celery starts to soften. Add tomato. Cook, stirring, for 2 minutes. Add tomato paste, crumbled stock cubes and 1 cup cold water. Bring to the boil. Reduce heat to low. Simmer, covered for 30 minutes or until sauce has thickened.
  4. Return meatballs to pan. Simmer, covered, for 5 to 7 minutes or until meatballs are cooked through. Serve meatballs and sauce with pasta


  • We make the exact same recipe and its so cheesey and gooey!

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  • Sounds yummy.
    Can’t wait too try the recipe with my grandchildren.
    Thank you.

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  • What an awesome idea to get in some extra veggies with a fun meal that kids love!

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  • We love spaghetti with meatballs. I love the cheesy twist to the recipe.

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  • My hub would like this !

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  • I think my kids would really like these.

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  • Meatballs are always such a big hit with kids!!

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  • Looks and sounds wonderful – thanks for sharing.

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  • You have done what I do sans onion, and made it sound UNreAL!

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  • I tend to buy my meatballs, but this has shown me I can definitely make my own.

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  • this recipe sounds way better than the ones I am making today!

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  • This sounds delicious, I will have to try it!

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  • These sound really good. Thanks for sharing.

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  • yummo!!

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  • oh this looks so delicious and I love the addition of the cheesey meatballs – thank you for sharing your recipe.

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