Mini Meatball Pasta


Time Taken:

1 hour




500g beef mince

1 large brown onion

2 garlic cloves

2 tins of chopped tomtoes

600ml water

2 TBsp tomato ketchup (OR 2 Tsp sugar)

2 TBsp mixed herbs

300g dried pasta (I used conchiglie/shells)

Large handful of fresh basil

Salt and pepper


In a mixing bowl, use your hands to mix (squish) together the beef mince and 1 Tsp each of mixed herbs, salt and pepper.

Roll into about 12 small meatballs.

On a medium heat, fry the meatballs for 6-8 minutes until nicely browned (they do not need to be fully cooked at this point). Set aside on a plate.

Crush the garlic and dice the onion. On a low heat, fry in a drizzle of oil for 10 minutes until soft.

Add the meatballs, chopped tomatoes, water, salt, pepper, 1 TBsp mixed herbs and tomato ketchup to the pan. Simmer for 5 minutes.

Add the dried pasta and simmer for 15-20 minutes until the pasta is soft and cooked through (add the chopped basil 5 minutes before the end). Enjoy!