Spicy meatballs in tomato sauce

Serves 4


For the meatballs
½ tsp mustard
½ tsp mixed herbs
salt and pepper
1 tbsp chopped parsley
60g fresh breadcrumbs
175g minced pork
175g minced beef
½  onion, finely chopped
1 tsp Worcester sauce
1 egg

For the tomato Sauce
½ onion, finely chopped
1 x 400g tin tomatoes
a few basil leaves
1 tsp brown sugar
½  tbsp balsamic vinegar

24 x 18cm ovenproof dish


  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C.
  2. Mix all the ingredients for the meatballs together in large bowl using your hands.
  3. Divide the mixture into small balls (roughly the size of a £2 coin) and arrange them in the ovenproof dish.
  4. Cook the meatballs in the preheated oven for approximately 20 minutes.
  5. Meanwhile, make the tomato sauce: fry the onion in a saucepan for 5 minutes, then add the tomatoes and the remaining ingredients. Stir to combine and leave to simmer gently for 15 minutes.
  6. Take the meatballs out of the oven and cover with the tomato sauce. Return to the oven to cook for a further 15-20 minutes.

Serve with pasta or rice – see cooking method here – follow packet instructions for times.