Speedy Pork Meatballs In Rich Tomato & Herb Sauce

These meatballs are quick to make and also perfect to prepare in advance and freeze for dinners in the week. This recipe makes 20 meatballs and serves 4 people. Each dish (when served with 50g whole-wheat spaghetti) comes to just 359 calories and counts as one of your five-a-day.

You will need:
  • 8 pork sausages (This is very important: look for sausages that contain at least 70% pork - brand named sausages are not always the way to go with this, head to the meat counter at the supermarket or the local butchers)
  • 1 tin of chopped tomatoes 
  • 1/2 tube tomato purée 
  • 2 tsp Spicy Italian Herb Seasoning
  • 4 fresh basil leaves, chopped.
  • 50g whole-wheat spaghetti per person. 
Step 1
Slit and remove the skin from all of the sausages - discard this. Add the sausage meat to a large bowl and squeeze it all together. Take a meatballer (pictured left) or simply use your hands to roll out 20 small evenly sized meatballs.  

Step 2
Heat up a griddle pan and spray with low-cal cooking oil (sunflower or olive will do). Add five meatballs to the pan for each person you're cooking for, any remaining meatballs can be stored in a Tupperware box and frozen for dinner later in the week (you can cook them from frozen too). 

Step 3
If you're serving pasta or spaghetti with the meatballs, now is the time to add this to a pan of boiling water. Meanwhile, be sure to keep turning the meatballs in the pan to ensure they cook on every side, leaving no pink bits. They'll cook quickly!

Step 4
Once the meatballs are brown on all sides, take them out of the griddle pan and place them on some kitchen roll to drain off any excess fat. 

Step 5
Using a sieve placed over a bowl, push the entire tin of chopped tomatoes through to create a smooth sauce. Next the purée to thicken it and season with the dried Italian herbs and fresh basil. Give it a good stir with a spoon to make sure it's all mixed in and smooth. 

Step 6
Heat up a large saucepan or a deep wok, toss in the meatballs and pour the sauce over them. Leave this to simmer while you wait for the spaghetti to cook.

Step 7
Once the spaghetti is cooked, sieve to remove the water and add this to the pan with the meatballs and sauce.  Give it a good mix to ensure the spaghetti is covered in the sauce. Then dive up & serve with a fresh salad and a couple of garlic bread slices.

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