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Mini Meatballs with Pasta

45 mins

A kid-favourite pasta dish to make for your child is the Mini Meatballs with Pasta. It may take time to make, but the instructions are easy to follow, and the ingredients are healthy.

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • ½ small onion, finely chopped
  • 400g can diced tomatoes
  • ¼ cup (60mL) water
  • 150g beef mince
  • 2 tbsp finely chopped onion, extra
  • ½ small carrot, grated
  • 1 tbsp finely chopped parsley Spray oil for cooking
  • 1/3 cup (30g) small pasta
Step by step
  • 15 mins
  • 30 mins
  • 45 mins
    Time total
  • Heat oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat; add onion, cook 2 minutes or until just tender; add tomatoes and water; bring to the boil; simmer 15 minutes.

  • Meanwhile, combine mince, extra onion, carrot and parsley in a small bowl; mix well; shape into nine mini meatballs; heat a medium frying pan over high heat; spray with oil; add meatballs, cook just until well browned.

  • Add meatballs to sauce; simmer a further 15 minutes. Meanwhile, cook pasta according to packet directions. Drain; serve with 3 meatballs and 1/3 of the sauce.


    - Remaining sauce and meatballs can be divided in half and frozen for later use.

    - Sauce makes 3 serves; for each serve, cook 1/3 cup (30g) small pasta.

    - Add ½ cup (60g) frozen peas to sauce when the meatballs are added.

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