Easy cheesy baked meatballs

Feb 23, 2021
Cheesy and delicious, these meatballs are a winner for the whole family! Source: Getty

You probably don’t want to spend hours in the kitchen when the grandkids are visiting, and they certainly won’t be impressed with a salad, so these cheesy meatballs are sure to tick all of the boxes.

Makes: 15 meatballs

Ingredients

Sauce

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp chopped oregano
  • 1 can crushed tomatoes

Meatballs

  • 700g beef mince
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
  • 2/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tbsp chopped parsley (extra for garnish)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1/3 cup shredded mozzarella
  • Basil, thinly sliced, for garnish

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 190°C.
  2. Heat oil in a large bowl over low heat. Add garlic and oregano and stir until fragrant. Add tomatoes and season with salt and pepper. Let mixture simmer while you make the meatballs.
  3. In a large bowl combine beef mince, breadcrumbs, 1/4 cup of Parmesan, parsley, garlic, egg, red pepper flakes and season with salt and pepper. Mix until combined and then form into 15 meatballs.
  4. Place meatballs in a baking dish and bake for 20 minutes.
  5. Add sauce over the top and sprinkle with mozzarella and 1/3 cup of Parmesan. Return to oven for a further 15 to 20 minutes, until cheese is melted and meatballs are cooked through.
  6. Garnish with remaining Parmesan and basil and serve alone or with pasta.

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