Quick & Easy Meatballs


This is a hearty winter meal recipe.

Thanks to Lisa from No Excuses for this one and many others!

1 large purple onion (could use brown too), chopped
1 – 2 tablespoons crushed garlic or minced garlic
2 cups of fresh parsley, chopped (optional)
2 x 400g cans of Diced Tomatoes
1 x 140g tin of Tomato Paste
1 x 700ml Passata Sauce
1 Tablespoon of dried basil or mixed herbs
Olive Oil
Salt & Pepper
1 cup red wine
Bay leaves
8 rissoles or 16 meatballs (basic meatball recipe is 1kg minced beef, 2 eggs and 1 cup of breadcrumbs : mix and mould into shape)

* other vegetables that work well in this recipe are chopped mushrooms, leak, celery, capsicum or zucchini.

frying vegetables












  1. In a large pot fry all the vegetables, herbs and garlic in a little olive oil and sauté until transparent.
  2. Next, place the meat balls on top of cooked vegetables and toss and brown them.
  3. Pour in the tomato paste, diced tomatoes and wine. Stir gently then add bay leaves and salt n’ pepper to taste.
  4. Place the lid on the pot and put into a 200C oven for about 30 – 40 minutes.
  5. Serve on cooked rice.

add meatballs

add tomatoes






Prep Time 15mins   :   Cook Time 40mins   

Thanks to Lisa from No Excuses



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