Meatball Pasta Bake

A couple of years ago we used to have Chicken Friday which would make Mr S very happy. After a while even he got a bit fed up of that. When I first started this blog it seemed we were very good at Lazy Friday. We rectified that as Friday is a day that screams out for nice food. Recently there has been a glut of Meatball Fridays. This is one of them.

This recipe comes from an app by Great British Chefs called Cooking with Kids. Mr S downloaded it purely because the app was free but it has some really good ones on there. None of the ingredients seem to use kids so the title must refer to them helping in the kitchen.

Make your meatballs:

Mix pork mince, torn up white bread (I would normally blitz into breadcrumbs but I thought I’d give this ago as it saved on washing up), chopped parsley, chopped garlic, a decent squirt of barbecue sauce and some seasoning. The recipe uses an egg but I prefer not to and to just chill them for a bit instead. So shape them into your balls and chill.

Make your sauce:

Fry some chopped onion and garlic in oil until lightly coloured. Add chopped tomatoes, oregano (they use fresh, I used dried) and red pesto to a pan and simmer. I used a fiery chilli pesto which added a nice kick. After about 5 minutes add your meatballs, stir, cover and simmer for about 10 minutes.

Cook some broccoli in salted boiling water for 2-4 minutes then plunge into ice water to stop it cooking.

Cook some pasta.

Mix everything together and add some cheddar and parmesan to the mix then pop it all into a baking dish. Sprinkle more cheese on top then bake for about 15 minutes.


At the moment I could eat meatballs every day. I can confirm that this dish is worthy of adults as well as children. It’s especially suitable for childish adults.

This was dinner…21st June 2013


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