Cheesy Meatballs

Serves 5 large meatballs
Time 45 minutes



3 cloves garlic, crushed

½ red onion, finely diced

5 – 6 basil leaves

250g bacon, cubed

1 carrot, 1 cm dice

1 celery, 1 cm dice

1 green chilli, deseeded, finely sliced

½ red pepper, diced

1 bay leaf

½ cup tomato passata

½ cup chicken stock

large knob of butter

salt and pepper



400g pork or beef mince

½ cup fresh breadcrumbs

½ red onion, finely diced

½ bunch parsley, chopped

½ clove garlic, grated

2 tbsp. worcestershire sauce

1 tsp. tabasco sauce

5 balls of bocconcini

salt and pepper


Drizzle olive oil into a heated pan. Add onion, bacon, bay leaf, capsicum and chilli. Add butter. Season with salt and pepper. Add tomato passata and stock, then simmer.

In a large bowl combine mince, herbs, tabasco, breadcrumbs and worcestershire sauce. Using your hands mix ingredients together. Make a palm sized ball in your hand, and using your thumb create a dimple. Place cheese in the centre and cover. Place balls in a baking dish and cover with sauce.

Cook in the oven at 185C  for 20 – 25 minutes or until golden brown. Serve.