When BritMums got in touch to see if anyone would like to share a quick and easy #MeatMatters Beef or Lamb based recipe that the family loves I just knew it would have to be Spaghetti and Meatballs, the kid loves it and it’s so quick and easy.
It also helps that he is obsessed with the Grinch movie at the moment and loves watching him eat a giant pile of meatballs at the start of the film, so I know I’m onto a winner when I serve it for dinner.
For the meatballs
- Beef Mince
- Mixed Herbs
- Ground Pepper
- Spray Oil
For the sauce
- Tinned Chopped Tomatoes
- Mixed Herbs
- Cheese to serve
Start with the sauce, finely chop onion and garlic and gently fry until soft. Add the tin of chopped tomatoes, a teaspoon of mixed herbs and a pinch of pepper to taste and leave to simmer as you prepare the meatballs.
Get a pan of water boiling for the pasta.
Pop a heavy based frying pan on the hob to heat.
In a bowl beat one egg, a pinch of mixed herbs and a pinch of pepper. Add the minced beef and thoroughly mix. When mixed roll into meatballs, the boys like them big, but it’s up to you and the time you have, the smaller they are the quicker they cook!
Get the pasta cooking!
Add a few pumps of spray oil to the pre heated frying pan, pop the meatballs on and turn occasionally until cooked.
The pasta should take about ten minutes, the meatballs around the same and the pasta sauce will be nicely cooking away in the background and ready whenever you are. I love this meal as it doesn’t matter if I get distracted or called away half way through, everything can wait and it doesn’t matter if you leave things for a few minutes too long.
I also love it as from prep to serve is less than 30 minutes, perfect!
L was excited to be eating the same as the Grinch, husb walked into the kitchen after work and ooo’d with excitement, they love meatballs, well anything meaty actually. From my point of view I’ve just given them a great healthy meal, I used the lower fat beef mince, the sauce is all vegetable and beef is a source of iron which helps reduce tiredness and fatigue. Perfect now we’re near the end of term and the kid is exhausted!! I’ll take all the help I can get.
Disclosure – This post is an entry for the #MeatMatters Challenge, sponsored by Simply Beef and Lamb. Learn more about the benefits of cooking and eating beef and lamb along with recipe ideas and inspiration here