Healthy Italian Giant Meatballs Recipe

Healthy Italian Giant Meatballs Ingredients

750 grams of lean beef mince 3/4 of a large onion 2 cloves of garlic 60 grams of breadcrumbs 2 tablespoons of grated parmesan cheese pinch of salt pinch of pepper 5 sprigs of fresh parsley 1 egg 

Healthy Italian and Basil Sauce Ingredients

1 tin of chopped tomatoes, drained 200 grams of tomato puree 5 gloves of garlic, finely chopped 3 sprigs of fresh basil, finely chopped 1/2 small carrot, finely chopped 1/2 onion, chopped 1 teaspoon of pepper 1/2 teaspoon of salt 1/4 cup of olive oil (around 55 grams) 1/2 cup of water 

Healthy Italian and Basil Sauce Method

Place a large saucepan on low heat. Heat the olive oil and add the chopped garlic and onions. Once the onions are translucent, add the tomato puree, chopped tomatoes and about half the water. Stir well and then add the chopped basil, carrots (the carrots give a natural sweetness and are a substitute for sugar which many sauce recipes use) salt, pepper and half of the water. Leave on low heat and stir in the remaining water after about 20 minutes. The sauce will be ready after 30 minutes however, if you have the time, I recommend leaving to simmer for 45 minutes before eating. 

Healthy Italian Giant Meatballs Method

 Start by preheating your oven to 180 degrees celsius and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Finely chop the onion, garlic and parsley. In a large mixing bowl, mix together the mince meat, egg and breadcrumbs. Add in the chopped onion, garlic, parsley and the grated parmesan cheese. Add the salt and pepper to taste. Mix well with a wooden spoon and then, using your hands, roll the mixture into evenly sized meatballs. Transfer the balls onto the baking tray and bake in the oven for 30 mins. Dress with the sauce and enjoy with a mixed green salad. – for pics