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Cheesy Italian Meatballs

Serves 6

Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 carrot, grated
  • 1/2 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 x 700ml bottle tomato passata or reduced salt crushed tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 400g lean minced beef
  • 1/2 cup fresh breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup flat leaf parsley, chopped
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 100g Australian low fat cheddar cheese, cut into 2cm cubes
  • 1/4 cup shaved Australian parmesan, for serving
  • chopped parsley, for serving
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Method

  1. 1. Heat oil in a heavy based casserole dish and add half the carrot, onion and garlic. Cook over low heat for 2 minutes until softened. Stir in passata and water, simmer for 5 minutes.
  2. 2. Combine remaining carrot, onion and garlic with mince, breadcrumbs, parsley, egg and seasonings. Knead thoroughly with your hands until the mixture is very sticky, shape the mixture into golf ball sized balls and stuff each with one cube of cheddar ensuring that the cheese is fully enclosed.
  3. 3. Drop the meatballs into the simmering sauce, cook over low heat, covered for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  4. 4. Serve meatballs sprinkled with parsley and parmesan and accompanied with seasonal vegetables.

Tips / Handy Hints

Passata is a pureed tomato sauce available at the supermarket that can be used in pasta sauces, casseroles and for pizza toppings.

Nutritional Information

Nutrients per serve:
Energy (kj) 877
Protein (g) 24
Fat, Total (g) 9
Saturated (g) 4
Carbohydrates (g) 8
Sugars (g) 5
Dietry Fibre (g) 1
Sodium (mg) 474
Calcium (mg) 237
Iron (mg) 2

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