Meat Balls in Tomato Sauce

Meat Balls in Tomato Sauce

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Serve these meat balls with spaghetti as a change from Bolognese sauce.
Servings: 4
Calories: 400


  • 5 oz crustless wholemeal bread
  • 1/4 pint fresh milk
  • 1 oz butter
  • 4 tsp plain wholemeal flour
  • 7 floz beef stock
  • 14 oz can tomatoes sieved with their juice
  • pinch of sugar
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 large onion skinned and finely chopped
  • 1 lb lean minced beef
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil


  • Crumble the bread into a bowl, pour over the milk and leave to soak for about 30 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, put 15 g (1/2 oz) of the butter, flour and stock in a saucepan. Heat, whisking continuously, until the sauce thickens, boils and is smooth.
  • Add the tomatoes, sugar and thyme. Season to taste and simmer, covered, for 30 minutes.
  • Put the onion and the mince in a bowl and add the soaked bread together with any remaining milk and paprika. Season to taste. Using floured hands, shape the mixture into 16 balls.
  • Heat the oil and remaining butter in a frying pan, add the meat balls, a few at a time, and fry until browned all over.
  • Place the meat balls in a single layer in a shallow ovenproof serving dish and pour over the sauce. Cover and bake at 180°C (350°F) mark 4 for about 30 minutes. Serve hot, over spaghetti.
Calories: 400 kcal
Carbohydrates: 28 g
Protein: 33 g
Fat: 17g
Saturated Fat: 8 g
Trans Fat: 1 g
Cholesterol: 89 mg
Sodium: 1096 mg
Potassium: 959 mg
Fiber: 5 g
Sugar: 10 g
Vitamin A: 483 IU
Vitamin C: 13 mg
Calcium: 131 mg
Iron: 5 mg
Cuisine British
Ingredients Beef
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