Pork and pancetta meatballs recipe

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Quick and simple to make pork and pancetta meatballs and tomato sauce. Perfect to freeze and store over the Christmas period - just add to your favourite pasta when guests arrive.

  • healthy
Serves6
SkillEasy
Preparation Time1 hours
Cooking Time25 mins
Total Time1 hours 25 mins
Cost RangeCheap
Nutrition Per PortionRDA
Calories264 Kcal13%
Fat20 g29%
Saturated Fat6 g30%

Quick and simple to make, pork and pancetta meatballs and tomato sauce. Perfect to freeze and store over the Christmas period - just add to your favourite pasta when guests arrive.

Ingredients

  • 500g (1b) lean minced pork
  • 80g pack cubed pancetta, roughly chopped
  • 30g (1oz) freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tsp dried sage or dried oregano
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 medium egg
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

For the sauce:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 onion, peeled and finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped
  • 2 x 400g cans chopped tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp tomato ketchup
  • Tagliatelle or fettucine, to serve

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Method

  1. Put the pork, pancetta, Parmesan, herbs, seasoning and egg in a large bowl and use your hand to mix it together well.
  2. Shape the mixture into 24 balls (use a tbsp measuring spoon as a guide to how much mixture per ball). Put them on a tray lined with Bakewell paper and chill them until firmed up — about an hour.
  3. Meanwhile, make the sauce: Warm the oil in a large pan. Add the onion and cook for 5 mins until softened. Add the garlic and cook for a couple  of mins. Pour in the tomatoes and simmer, uncovered, for 15-20 mins. Add the ketchup and season.
  4. Heat the oil in a large frying pan. Add the meatballs in one layer and leave for 5 mins to brown on one side, then turn them to cook on the other side for another 5 mins.
Top Tip for making Pork and pancetta meatballs

The meatballs are just astasty made from mincedbeef or chicken

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