Add a crushed clove of garlic and cook for 1 minute. Add 200ml passata, season heavily and simmer for a minute, stirring until the sauce has coated all the meatballs. Collect the meatballs into groups of four then lay a thick slice of mozzarella over each group. Slide the pan under a grill until just melted. Scoop the meatballs, sauce and cheese into 3 toasted ciabatta buns with some rocket and a drizzle of fresh pesto. Try our baked pecorino and white pepper pork meatballs.

This generous family recipe makes for a comforting midweek meal during the winter season. After you’ve tried this, make one of our other easy lasagne recipes. Add some punchy flavour to your pork meatballs with chorizo and paprika. Serve as an all-in-one traybake with new potatoes, crumbly feta and baby plum tomatoes for a family midweek meal. Add the passata to the frying pan. Rinse the carton with the stock and add to the pan.

It’s also important to use non-lean meat for homemade meatballs to help keep them lubricated throughout the cooking process. I’ve popped down a bit more about this in the recipe notes, but as a ballpark figure you want it definitely 15%+. Lightly oil your hands, take off a small piece of the mixture and gently roll it between your hands to form 1-inch (2½-cm) meatballs . Flatten each meatballs slightly with your hands. Traditionally, we soak the bread in milk to soften it and add moisture to the meatball mixture. For dairy-free meatballs, you can use dairy-free milk.

In a large bowl mix together the five-spice, beef and half the ginger. Season with sea salt and black pepper, then shape into 10 meatballs. Heat a medium, non-stick pan on a medium heat with 1/2 tbsp oil. Cook the meatballs for 10 mins, until golden brown all over. Add the softened veg and sundried tomatoes to the tomato sauce; continue to simmer. Reheat the frying pan with 1 tsp oil on a medium-high heat.

Then press each meatball gently with your hand to give it a more oval shape. Italian meatballs are not perfectly round, they’re slightly flattened, and they’re usually served as a main course. These Italian meatballs make the perfect weeknight meal for the whole family. For something as simple as chicken meatballs, we sure were obsessed with these. Perfectly light with just the right amount of spice from cumin. These are a breeze to throw together and the spicy mayo makes them completely addicting.