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It’s that time of year when we crave comfort food. Also having recipes handy for easy midweek meals is high up there on the agenda. This Recipe For Pork Meatballs is a quick and easy homemade pork recipe. Yet it tastes delicious with pasta or served in wraps. 

Easy midweek meals for families, how to make a sauce for pork Meatballs

Pork can be lean and it’s naturally rich in protein and vitamins providing ten of the essential vitamins we need each day but is naturally low in salt. Making healthy midweek meals and being able to cook from scratch is important to me as a mum.

Not only does it allow me to sneak vegetables into sauces, ( yes you still have to do that with teens!) but I can also choose lean meat with a lower fat content and control exactly what my family eats and every single ingredient I put into their food.. Home made always tastes best, and this recipe for pork meatballs tastes amazing.

Super Easy Recipe For Spaghetti With Pork Meatballs In A Tomato Sauce

Ingredients for Italian pork meatballs with spaghetti

Ingredients For Pork Meatballs, Italian Style Recipe

For The Meatballs

  • 500g lean pork
  • 30G breadcrumbs
  • A handful of fresh basil
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 egg
  • Salt and pepper
  • A small bowl of plain flour

For The Italian Sauce

  • 25 ml Balsamic Vinegar
  • 250 g passata
  • 1 tin of chopped tomatoes
  • 1 handful of fresh basil
  • Salt and pepper
to make meatballs from mince simple mix the ingredients and form into balls and transfer to the fridge to settle and cool before browning in a pan and transferring to the oven.

Recipe For Mince Pork Meatballs With Pasta And Italian Tomato Sauce

Preparing The Meatballs

Firstly prepare all of your ingredients. Break the pork mince up into a bowl and remove any lumps. Chop the onion, I find blending works to get the onion really fine, but don’t go far enough to make the onion watery. Also blend the basil leaves and garlic or chop very finely.

Add the pork mince, onion, basil, garlic, breadcrumbs, salt pepper and egg together into the bowl and mix well to ensure the the mixture is well mixed through.

Weigh your mixture and divide into 12. Now portion your pork meatball mixture into 12 equal balls.

As you are forming your Italian meatballs, keep a bowl of flour on the side. The mixture is quite moist, I found occasionally dipping my hands into the flour helped. 

Once you have formed your meatball, squeeze it tight to compact it and then roll into the flour before placing in a dish. Keep going until all of the balls are formed in the dish. Now place the bowl into the fridge and chill for half and hour, this stage is very important as it help the meatballs become a little firmer before cooking.

easy midweek family meals to save time, this recipe can be batch cooked and frozen

Preparing The Sauce For Pork Meatballs

Place all of the sauce ingredients into an oven proof bowl, mix well and leave in the oven on 160°c

Browning And Cooking Pork Meatballs

To brown your pork meatballs, place a tablespoon of oil into a pan on medium heat.  Keep turning with a pair of kitchen tongs until the outer edge is golden brown. Once they are golden brown transfer to some kitchen paper to absorb the excess cooking oil and then transfer to the ready heated sauce dish, spooning the sauce over the top of the meatballs. Now cook for 30 minutes.

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If You Have Fussy Eaters In The House?

Some children and fussy teens don’t like tomato sauce, if this is the case cook a couple of meatballs separately in a dish to serve with pasta and mozzarella. I don’t get it, but my teens are the same the plainer the better! However us adults and non fussy siblings should get to enjoy delicious saucy meals. Its all about portioning off before the sauce stage and then everyone is happy. 

Save Even More Time Midweek And Make This Recipe For Pork Meatballs In Batches

This Italian pork meatballs With Pasta recipe is also super easy to make in batches and freeze. As long as you are using fresh pork mince and not frozen you can make is portion size batches and freeze before cooking. Ensure you allow the recipe to thoroughly defrost before cooking. 

For more great recipes head to www.lovepork.co.uk.

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Easy midweek meals for families, how to make a sauce for pork Meatballs

Recipe For Pork Meatballs In Tomato Sauce

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes

A delicious easy midweek meal of pork meatball in Italian tomato sauce with basil.

Ingredients

  • For The Meatballs
  • 500g lean pork
  • 30G breadcrumbs
  • A handful of fresh basil
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 egg
  • Salt and pepper
  • A small bowl of plain flour
  • For The Italian Sauce
  • 25 ml Balsamic Vinegar
  • 250 g passata
  • 1 tin of chopped tomatoes
  • 1 handful of fresh basil
  • Salt and pepper

Instructions

    1. Firstly prepare all of your ingredients. Break the pork mince up into a bowl and remove any lumps. Chop the onion, I find blending works to get the onion really fine, but don’t go far enough to make the onion watery. Also blend the basil leaves and garlic or chop very finely.
    2. Add the pork mince, onion, basil, garlic, breadcrumbs, salt pepper and egg together into the bowl and mix well to ensure the the mixture is well mixed through.
    3. Weigh your mixture and divide into 12. Now portion your mixture into 12 equal pork meatballs.
    4. As you are forming your meatballs keep a bowl of flour on the side. The mixture is quite moist, I found occasionally dipping my hands into the flour helped.
    5. Once you have formed your meatball squeeze it tight to compact it and then roll into the flour before placing in a dish. Keep going until all of your meatballs are formed in the dish.
    6. Now place the bowl into the fridge and chill the meatballs for half and hour, this stage is very important as it help the meatballs become a little firmer before cooking.
    7. Place all of the sauce ingredients into an oven proof bowl and leave in the oven on 160°c
    8. To brown the meatballs, place a tablespoon of oil into a pan on medium heat.
    9. Keep turning with a pair of kitchen tongs until the outer edge is golden brown.
    10. Once they are golden brown transfer to some kitchen paper to absorb the excess cooking oil and then transfer to the ready heated sauce dish, spooning the sauce over the top of the meatballs.
    11. Now cook for 30 minutes.

Notes

Some children and fussy teens don’t like tomato sauce, if this is the case cook a couple of meatballs separately in a dish to serve with pasta and mozzarella.

This recipe is also super easy to make in batches and freeze. As long as you are using fresh pork mince and not frozen you can make is portion size batches and freeze before cooking. Ensure you allow the recipe to thoroughly defrost before cooking.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 217Total Fat: 9.7gTrans Fat: 0gCholesterol: 176mgCarbohydrates: 14g

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Zena's Suitcase

Monday 6th of January 2020

We love pasta but I had not thought of using pork to make meatballs. It could add a bit more variety to our mid week meals

Jaime Oliver

Friday 3rd of January 2020

Sarah this sounds amazing. i love that you have free them to use another time too!

Susan Mann

Thursday 2nd of January 2020

What a brilliant and tasty recipe. I will definitely be making this for the kids and us adults. They do love meatballs xx

SarahJChristie

Thursday 2nd of January 2020

Its such a great recipe for dinner parties too, real comfort food x

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