Delicious Meatballs


Ingredients

For the tomato sauce

Method

  • STEP 1
    Squeeze all the sausagemeat out of the skins into a large bowl.

  • STEP 2
    Get grating. Coarsely grate the onion and finely grate the carrot. Tip these vegetables in with the sausages. While you have the grater out, grate the cheese, other vegetables and garlic for the sauce, and set aside.

  • STEP 3
    Make a marvellous mix. Add all the other meatball ingredients one by one, except the olive oil, into the bowl and season with black pepper.

  • STEP 4
    Squish everything together. Squish everything together through their hands until completely mixed. Keep an eye on younger children to make sure that they don’t taste any of the raw mix.

  • STEP 5
    Roll meatballs. Roll the meatball mix into walnut-sized balls, then place them on a board or tray. Cover the meatballs with cling film and have a little tidy up.

  • STEP 6
    Prepare the red peppers. Firstly, peel the peppers with a vegetable peeler, cut off the tops and bottoms and remove the seeds. Cut the peppers into strips.

  • STEP 7
    Make the sauce. Heat the oil in a large saucepan. Add the vegetables and garlic and cook for 5 mins. Stir in the tomato purée, sugar and vinegar, leave for 1 min then tip in the tomatoes and simmer for 5 mins. Blitz the sauce with a hand blender. Gently simmer the sauce while you cook the meatballs.

  • STEP 8
    Cook the meatballs. Brown the meatballs in the olive oil on all sides then pop them into the sauce, working in batches if necessary. Simmer the meatballs in the sauce for 15 mins, gently stirring until they are cooked through. It’s ready to eat now or cool and freeze in suitable batches for up to 6 months. Serve with spaghetti, some basil and extra Parmesan, if you like.

 
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