Cheesy Meatballs in Vegetable Sauce

Cheesy Meatballs in Vegetable Sauce

Our cheesy meatballs in sauce is packed with veggies for a healthy boost that will keep your family’s taste buds satisfied!


Ingredients (4 servings):

  • 500g lean beef mince
  • 1 green onion, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh basil
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 2/3 cup fresh breadcrumbs
  • 100g piece tasty cheese, cut into 1cm cubes
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 stalks celery, trimmed, finely chopped
  • 1 medium carrot, grated
  • 1 medium baby marrow, grated
  • 500g tomatoes, finely chopped
  • 1/4 tomato paste
  • 2 beef stock cubes



  1. Combine mince, onion, basil, egg and breadcrumbs in a bowl.
  2. Season with salt and pepper. Shape 1 tablespoon mixture into a flat round. Place 1 cheese cube in centre of round. Shape mixture around cheese to form a ball.
  3. Repeat with remaining mixture and cheese.
  4. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a frying pan over medium-high heat. Cook meatballs, in batches, turning, for 3 to 4 minutes or until browned.
  5. Transfer to a plate. Cover with foil.
  6. Heat remaining oil in pan. Add celery, carrot and zucchini. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes or until celery starts to soften.
  7. Add tomato. Cook, stirring, for 2 minutes.
  8. Add tomato paste, crumbled stock cubes and 1 cup cold water. Bring to the boil. Reduce heat to low. Simmer, covered for 30 minutes or until sauce has thickened.
  9. Return meatballs to pan. Simmer, covered, for 5 to 7 minutes or until meatballs are cooked through.
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