Rd's Mediterranean Meatballs Recipe

Looking for an easy RD's Mediterranean Meatballs recipe? Learn how to make RD's Mediterranean Meatballs using healthy ingredients.


Submitted by rockydog

Makes 4 servings



Serve with a leafy green side salad

Recipe Ingredients for RD's Mediterranean Meatballs


For the tomato sauce:
100 ml olive oil
1 onion, chopped
1 celery stalk, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, chopped
2 tbsp tomato paste (puree)
800 g chopped tomatoes
1 tsp cinnamon (use 1 cinnamon stick)
100 ml chicken stock
100 ml red wine
1 salt and pepper

For the meatballs:
1 tbsp olive oil
1 onion, chopped
5 garlic cloves, chopped
1 lb minced pork
1 tbsp chopped fresh basil
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 salt and pepper
8 oz dry spaghetti, cooked according to packet instructions

Recipe Directions for RD's Mediterranean Meatballs

  1. For the tomato sauce:

  2. Heat the oil in a large pan over a low heat. Add the onion, celery and garlic and fry until softened, but not coloured.

  3. Add the tomato paste and cook for a few minutes, then add the canned tomatoes, cinnamon stick, stock and wine.

  4. Season, to taste, with salt and freshly ground black pepper and bring to the boil, then turn the heat down very low.

  5. Half-cover the pan with a lid and leave the sauce to simmer for one hour, stirring occasionally.

  6. For the meatballs:

  7. Meanwhile, heat the oil in a frying pan over a medium heat. Add the onion and the garlic and fry until softened. Remove from the heat and allow to cool slightly.

  8. Preheat the grill to its highest setting.

  9. Place the pork mince, basil and cinnamon into a bowl and add the cooked onion and garlic. Season generously with salt and freshly ground black pepper and mix well.

  10. Roll small amounts of the mince mixture into balls. This quantity of mixture should make 12-16 meatballs, depending on size.

  11. Brush the meatballs with a little oil and place onto a baking tray.

  12. Place under the grill to cook for 6-8 minutes, turning occasionally and brushing them with a little oil as they brown.

  13. To serve, stir the cooked spaghetti through the sauce and place onto plates with three or four meatballs placed on top.

  14. Sprinkle with freshly grated parmesan if desired (calories not included)

Categories

Pork, Main Dish, Mediterranean

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 521.4g
Amount Per Serving
Calories
727
Calories from Fat
299
% Daily Value*
Total Fat
33.2g
51%
Saturated Fat
5.6g
28%
Trans Fat
0.0g
Cholesterol
90mg
30%
Sodium
251mg
10%
Potassium
1287mg
37%
Total Carbohydrates
61.0g
20%
Dietary Fiber
5.7g
23%
Sugars
9.1g
Protein
42.3g
Vitamin A 37% Vitamin C 55%
Calcium 8% Iron 23%
* Based on a 2000 calorie diet

Nutritional details are an estimate and should only be used as a guide for approximation.
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Health Information

Nutrition Grade
96% confidence
C+
  Good points
  • Low in sodium
  • Very high in selenium
  • High in thiamin
  •   Bad points
  • Contains alcohol
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