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Beef Meatballs in Tomato Sauce

Home-made Beef Meatballs with Tomato Sauce on Spaghetti (photo by Sarah Grice)

Recipe kindly provided by Sarah Grice

Recipe for easy to make meatballs in a rich tomato sauce. I made this recipe from the top of my head and it turned out great. Hope you enjoy it too.

The best way to create this dish is to start the sauce first and leave it simmering whilst creating the meatballs.



  • 500g (~1lb) Horsley’s Best Mince
  • 1 Large Onion – grated
  • 25g Butter (or a large knob)
  • 1 clove of garlic – crushed
  • 1 teaspoon Marjoram (can be substituted for Oregano)
  • 1 teaspoon Parsley (dried or fresh)
  • Half a teaspoon of Ground Black Pepper (I used it straight from a grinder)
  • 1 slice of Bread ground into breadcrumbs / a good hand full of breadcrumbs
  • 1 Large Egg – beaten

Preparation and Cooking

  1. Mix the onion, garlic, marjoram, parsley and pepper, then lightly fry in the butter.
  2. In a large bowl, mix the mince, onion mixture, egg and breadcrumbs. (The easiest way to do this is with your hands.)
  3. Divide the mixture and roll into balls of approximately 1.5 inch (~4cm) diameter.
  4. Lightly fry the balls on a medium heat until browning nicely.

Tomato Sauce


  • 1 large tin of Chopped Tomatoes
  • 1 large Onion
  • 2 tablespoons Vegetable Oil
  • 1 large Pepper (I used a red pepper, but any colour would work just as well)
  • 4 splashes of Lea & Perrin’s (Worcester Sauce – My secret ingredient in a lot of dishes)
  • 2 tablespoons Tomato Ketchup
  • Generous helping of Salt & Pepper

Preparation and Cooking

Using a medium sized saucepan

  1. Chop up the onion and pepper.
  2. Lightly fry the onion in the vegetable oil (approximately 5 minutes until turning slightly brown and are soft).
  3. Add the tin of tomatoes to the pan and simmer gently on a medium heat.
  4. After 5-7 minutes of simmering, add the Lea & Perrin’s, pepper and Tomato Ketchup, and simmer for a further 10 minutes.

Combining the Two…

  1. Add the meatballs first to a large oven proof dish. Pour the Tomato Sauce over the top.
  2. Should you desire (especially if being given to children as they are often fussy about lumpy sauces), you can blend the sauce for a smoother texture before pouring over the meatballs.
  3. Cook in a pre-heated oven, at 200 Degrees Celsius for half an hour.
  4. Serve over Spaghetti.


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